Wolverhampton Wanderers face West Ham United tomorrow night – and it’s potentially a big night for one player in particular.

Adama Traore is still seeking his first goal and assist in the Premier League this season.

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Adama Traore (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Of course, he is very unlucky to still officially be at 0-0 in both statistics.

But that’s how it is, and it’s unfortunately been an underwhelming campaign from the Spaniard, who appears to be missing Raul Jimenez more than most.

He’s had a lot of game time recently, but there’s every chance the minutes could soon dry up.

That’s because Daniel Podence is now back in the picture at Molineux.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

He made his return to training this week, and that suggests a return to action is close.

 

He may not have any involvement tomorrow night, but the £17 million star (BBC Sport) will definitely be pulling on the old gold shirt again very soon – and Traore should be a worried man.

Traore needs to shine tomorrow night

Traore’s run in the team has effectively been guaranteed since Podence has been on the sidelines.

He and Pedro Neto have been automatic picks, but with the Portuguese star is almost ready for selection again, it’ll be Traore’s position that will come under threat.

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Adama Traore (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old needs a big performance against the Hammers tomorrow night, preferably one that yields a goal or an assist.

Failure to do so could well open the door for Podence, and Traore may have to get used to the bench again.

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