Wolves’ fans have enjoyed the club’s phenomenal return to the Premier League, but Adama Traoré has been a huge disappointment.
Traoré joined Wolves in the 2018 summer transfer window for a then club-record £18M deal (Raúl Jimenez is Wolves’ most expensive signing at £32M).
The world’s fastest player enjoyed a breakout season with Middlesbrough in the Championship before joining the pack to don the iconic gold and black.
He scored 5 and assisted 10 goals in the 17/18 Championship campaign before Boro were beaten in the semi-final play-offs by Aston Villa.
While Middlesbrough miss Traoré’s assists and goals, Wolves have yet to benefit from the winger’s extraordinary pace.
Adama Traore is Wolves’ biggest disappointment
In 25 appearances, Traoré has only contributed 1 goal (against West Ham) and 1 assist.
Although Traoré only gets 10-20 minutes a match, these statistics don’t misrepresent his underwhelming performances.
The issue with Traoré is that he never knows what to do after dribbling past defenders.
His 31 crosses have been poor and he’s only mustered 7 shots on target from a total 19. That gives him a shooting accuracy of 37%.
There’s no doubting his work ethic, yet there’s also no denying that he’s prone to switching off.
He was recently at fault for Southampton’s third goal in a 3-1 loss by playing striker Shane Long onside.
Traoré has been playing as a RWB for Doherty, but Nuno should return to his plans to make him a striker.
He’s not the greatest at holding up play and he’s certainly not clinical, yet Traoré’s game should be about sprinting with the ball into the box.
This would draw fouls, free kicks in dangerous areas, and a lot of penalties. He would terrify most defenders.