Wolves slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Burnley yesterday – and for the final half an hour or so, there was a real lack of invention from the visitors.
Wanderers found themselves behind after Matej Vydra had scored just after the hour mark for the Clarets.
Prior to that, Wolves had done OK in the game, and played some good stuff in parts, especially in the first-half.
But the goal really knocked the stuffing out of Wolves. And the quality really dipped afterwards.
Bruno Lage tried to throw the kitchen sink at Burnley, switching to a back four and unleashing Pedro Neto, Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao in attack with Raul Jimenez.
But Wolves barely created anything, with Burnley defending well to their credit.
Daniel Podence’s absence was really felt as Wolves struggled to get into dangerous goalscoring positions.
The 26-year-old was unavailable after picking up a toe injury.
But it was also difficult not to think about Adama Traore yesterday and how he could well have helped pick the lock.
Traore, of course, was allowed to leave the club in January to join Barcelona on loan.
He got off to a bright start, but Traore has really faded at the Nou Camp recently, and has now not started a game in La Liga since February 27.
Meanwhile, it’s six defeats in the last nine games for Wolves. And the team is now starting to struggle in front of goal again.
Traore admittedly did not have the best numbers in terms of goals and assists before he left.
But he was always a menace, and one gets the feeling Wolves are now missing him and his unpredictability.
Adama Traore loan move is just unfathomable
It felt strange at the time. But now the decision to loan out Traore – with no option to buy – looks ridiculous.
He’s barely featuring for Barca right now, and Wolves are crying out for someone to provide a bit of a spark.
Traore is brilliant at putting defenders on edge. He may not have scored many, but he always gives opponents something to think about and causes panic.
Yesterday, Burnley were able to defend their lead without any real issues. They needed unsettling and Wolves didn’t have anyone to do that.
Perhaps if Lage had Traore to call on there might have been a different outcome.