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Julen Lopetegui's decision to take off Adama Traore against Bournemouth was questionable

Wolves fell to a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth yesterday – and Julen Lopetegui’s to hook Adama Traore was a bit of strange one.

Wolves had a great chance to build on their wins against Liverpool and Southampton.

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Bournemouth had been struggling and have conceded the most goals in the Premier League so far this season.

But Wolves produced a poor performance at Molineux, and showed a lack of quality in the final third.

Bournemouth grabbed a goal against the run of play through Marcus Tavernier in the second-half. They then got men behind the ball and Wolves had no answers.

The result was perhaps the most disappointing of the Lopetegui era so far.

In the second-half, the manager made a number of changes to try and find a breakthrough.

Daniel Podence and Rayan Ait-Nouri were the first players to come on for Wolves, replacing Matheus Nunes and Hugo Bueno.

Diego Costa and Joao Gomes followed, as they replaced Matheus Cunha and Joao Moutinho.

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On 77 minutes, Lopetegui took off Traore and replaced him with Raul Jimenez.

This felt like a strange decision.

Throughout the whole game, Traore had been Wolves’ best attacker.

He was a real thorn for the Cherries defenders and often found space on the right wing.

According to Sofascore he put in six crosses, and also made four key passes.

His threat was huge, and at one point in the first-half we saw him make a fantastic dribble through the middle of the pitch on the counter. It took a cynical challenge from Philip Billing to stop him.

Adama Traore surely needed to be on the pitch at the end of Wolves vs Bournemouth

It was disappointing to see Traore brought off for the closing stages of yesterday’s game.

He was a handful throughout, and it felt like a missed opportunity with both Diego Costa and Raul Jimenez on the pitch.

Jimenez replaced Traore, but arguably he should have been coming on for Sarabia.

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Sarabia wasn’t poor, but he just wasn’t as dangerous as Traore.

Perhaps the reason was because Bournemouth were sitting very deep towards the end and the manager felt it didn’t really suit Traore.

Lopetegui has got an awful lot right since he came in at Wolves. His in-game management has been very good.

But this particular decision felt a bit off.