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Adama Traore's moment at Wolves has finally come

Saturday saw Adama Traore finally start a Premier League game for Wolves in 2022/23.

The Spanish winger has had to bide his time this term, with former manager Bruno Lage much preferring the likes of Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and Goncalo Guedes in the wide areas.

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This has been despite Wanderers winning just one game in the league all season.

For some reason, Lage never really seemed to trust Traore fully, favouring more technical players.

It was a similar story last season, with Francisco Trincao often getting the nod to play on the right wing.

With Lage no longer at the helm, Traore was finally given a chance to start in the Premier League against Chelsea. And arguably, he was one of the better performers for the visitors.

He looked the only real threat at Stamford Bridge.

He was certainly much better than Goncalo Guedes, who was hooked at half-time and replaced by youngster Joe Hodge.

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The 26-year-old surely did enough to retain his place in the starting XI for the game against Nottingham Forest.

And given the recent Pedro Neto injury, this could now be Traore’s moment at Wolves.

Neto will not be available for selection for the foreseeable future having sustained ankle ligament damage against West Ham United.

And with Hwang Hee-chan having struggled for form, you would expect Traore to now get an extended run in the team. He is without doubt the best right wing option Wolves have.

Adama Traore can now become one of Wolves’ key players

Traore really can become one of Wolves’ key players now going forwards.

Guedes’ starting prospects took a real hit on Saturday. Neto is out of the picture again, and Hwang is very much a bench player just for right now.

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This can be Traore’s time to shine, especially if he is going to leave the club next year when his contract expires. He may see it as his chance to put himself in the shop window as a potential bargain for someone.

Diego Costa has now joined the club, and he and Traore have already shown good link-up play. Costa really ought to have put that Traore cross away against West Ham.

The £18 million star‘s been on the periphery for most of the season so far, playing just 191 minutes in the league. But this does feel like Traore’s moment for Wolves.