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Boubacar Traore is improving for Wolves and could soon become a regular

Wolves drew 1-1 with Brentford yesterday – and it was a promising outing for Boubacar Traore in midfield.

The Malian midfield dynamo was handed only his second start for Wanderers since joining the club from FC Metz in the summer.

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Steve Davis decided to put his faith in the 21-year-old, leaving veteran Joao Moutinho on the bench. He would come on though after 40 minutes to replace the injured Matheus Nunes.

It was a somewhat shaky start for Traore.

The youngster was rather wasteful in possession, and he also showed a heavy first touch at times.

But in the second-half, Traore was much, much better.

He regularly won the ball back for Wanderers to then set the attacking players away. He was also much tidier on the ball.

You could tell that his confidence was increasing as the game went on.

Arguably, he was one of Wolves’ best performers in that second-half, and his showing will have done his starting prospects no harm at all.

Boubacar Traore is getting better for Wolves, he just needs to get a feel for the Premier League

With Traore it is clear that there is a potentially top player there.

At the moment, he is undoubtedly quite raw. He is sometimes a bit frantic in his play, but that can perhaps be put down to his desire to make a big impression for a new team in a new league.

His second-half performance yesterday was very encouraging though.

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He settled down, and really showcased those combative attributes which he is best known for.

There is absolutely a place to be had for Boubacar in Wolves’ midfield.

His tenacity and mobility are traits that the other options don’t really have, and so if he can keep improving, there is no reason why he can’t soon become a regular.