It seems that Wolverhampton Wanderers are determined to act swiftly off the pitch following a disappointing summer transfer deadline day.
The Sun have reported that Wolves have offered Adama Traore a huge contract offer. That figure is £120,000 per week on a deal that would keep him at the club until 2025.
In addition to tying Traore’s future at Wolves for another four years, he would also become Wolves’ highest paid players.
Following Tottenham Hotspur’s interest, who had a £30 million bid rejected, a new deal appears to be a no-brainer.
However, for an attacking player who scored only two league goals last season, is a bumper new deal merited?
Few goals but underlying stats back new deal
A lack of goals or assists is not revelatory when discussing Traore. Most commonly, the question surrounding the player has always been how to provide these numbers.
Previously on here, Adama Traore’s experience in England was looked at since he first arrived at Aston Villa in 2015.
Because of this, Traore has been mainly used as a ball-carrier. The player is relied on to drive his team forwards on the pitch, especially on the counter-attack.
It is no secret that Bruno Lage is an attack-minded manager. In his previous role at Benfica, they averaged over 60% ball possession.
The change in style might be the key to finally unlocking Traore’s higher numbers – even the manager has stressed the importance of getting him further up the pitch.
New contract financially viable
As things stand, even if Traore does really grow under Lage’s tutelage, it may only sustain his transfer value rather than increase it.
That is because he has less than two years remaining on his contract. Therefore, by next summer it will be harder for Wolves to command a £50 million fee.
A new deal would naturally resolve that issue. It may also help Wolves in the transfer market going forwards.
If Traore extends, it means Wolves will be able to approach transfer targets in the future windows with more assurances that their current assets are more well protected.
The new deal at £120 000 is a no-brainer. Hopefully Traore thinks so too.