Darren Bent (Football Insider 24/7) and other pundits have spoken nonstop about Adama Traore and his biggest faults. This is despite the 23-year-old Spaniard finally beginning to fulfil his potential at Wolves thanks to the man management from his best manager so far, Nuno Espirito Santo.
Nuno has achieved unbelievable success at Wolves and one of his biggest miracles is being on the cusp of getting the best out of Traore.
Adama Traore is becoming a proper footballer
Following Wolves’ draw with Manchester United, Nuno Espirito Santo reiterated his belief in Adama Traore (Sky Sports News).
“I think he was able to impact the game directly with his actions,” said the Portuguese manager. “This is what we expect and this is the idea.”
“The player has an immediate impact, changes the game and gives you what you want. Sometimes it doesn’t happen but you keep trusting him and keep giving him chances.”
While Traore changed things for the better against the Red Devils, it’s instead his performances against FC Pyunik and Torino that show he’s becoming a proper footballer.
The two aforementioned matches saw the former Barcelona prodigy rack up two assists by running in the box and looking up to cross with a purpose. This is a far cry from the infuriating player last season who just ran down the wing and ballooned hopeful crosses without taking his eyes off the ball.
Both of his assists suggest that he’s finally turning from a miniature and buff Usain Bolt into an unbelievable athlete with a footballing brain.
And this is partly thanks to Nuno instructing him to receive the ball higher to charge at the opposition (Birmingham Mail).
There is – of course – room for improvement such as when he’s not on the ball. He’s lightning with the ball at his feet, but Traore doesn’t make enough runs when Neves and co are passing about like Barcelona. This removes the possibility for him to get behind the lines of defences to score or assist.
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If Traore can add that to his game with consistency in the final-third, then he’ll become a future Wolverhampton legend.