Boubacar Traore First Training Session with Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Boubacar Traore enjoyed quietly impressive cameo for Wolves in Manchester City defeat

Wolves endured a tough day at the office yesterday, with Manchester City running out 3-0 winners at Molineux.

Few Wanderers supporters expected anything from the game before kick-off. And then Jack Grealish put the visitors 1-0 up inside the first minute to virtually extinguish any faint hopes.

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Erling Haaland’s second and a red card for Nathan Collins but City in a commanding position, before Phil Foden killed the game in the second-half.

Wolves didn’t roll over to their credit.

Some nice football was played, but it was all too late.

For all the nice patterns of play, Bruno Lage’s side didn’t really ever look like scoring, and the post-match talk is once again all about the lack of a killer instinct in front of goal.

Wolves should have Diego Costa and Raul Jimenez available after the international break, so we will hopefully see some improvements.

There was one miniscule positive from yesterday’s loss.

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Boubacar Traore, signed on transfer deadline day from FC Metz, made his debut for Wanderers.

He replaced Daniel Podence with around 20 minutes to go – and the Mali dynamo gave a pretty decent account of himself in difficult circumstances.

The 21-year-old made a couple of successful tackles, one interception and one block, and misplaced just one of his eight passes (Sofascore).

The youngster did not shy away from the action, and worked hard in the engine room to try and wrestle back some control for the hosts.

Boubacar Traore put in commendable cameo performance against Manchester City and should be considered for start against West Ham United

He didn’t pull up trees, but Traore looked tidy in the middle of the park and looked like he was out to make an impression.

Arguably right now, Joao Moutinho is not operating at the same level as his fellow midfielders Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.

The veteran looks a little sluggish and is not impacting games in the way we have seen previously.

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Lage absolutely loves him, but perhaps it is time to freshen things up a little.

Traore and Nunes playing just ahead of Neves could be a fantastic trio.

It’s West Ham United up next after the international break, and Lage should strongly consider handing him a start.

It’s on the youngster to really impress in training in the coming days.