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Time for Trincao to step up for Wolves as Adama Traore prepares for Barcelona return

Wolves star Adama Traore is reportedly set to join Barcelona.

The Spanish giants have seemingly come in and scuppered Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to sign the Spaniard at the eleventh hour.

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It seems the end of the saga is finally now in sight.

Traore’s name has seldom been out of headlines since the end of the last transfer window.

Ultimately, it looks as though Wolves had indeed decided to offload the 26-year-old, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023.

At this stage, it is still a bit up in the in terms of the deal’s structure.

It seems Barca will be getting Traore on loan initially. But there have been some reports claiming that will come with an option to buy in the summer. And others have suggested Barca will be obligated to buy.

Either way, he’s having medical tomorrow and looks all set to go.

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One thing that could well now happen as a result of Traore’s departure, is that the spotlight on Francisco Trincao becomes harsher.

The winger, on loan from Barca, has had a lot of chances from Bruno Lage so far this season. He has made 19 appearances so far across all competitions.

But he’s managed just one goal up to now. According to official Premier League statistics, he has missed six big chances so far.

His numbers ought to be higher, and hopefully we will see an improvement in him in the second half of the season.

Trincao must step up for Wolves, as Traore prepares to return to Barcelona

With Traore out of the picture, the pressure will now naturally increase on Trincao.

He had been vying for minutes with the Spaniard for that right wing position all season.

People have at times criticised Traore for a poor end product. But Trincao also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to that.

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With Traore’s departure, the focus could now move onto the 21-year-old a little bit more.

There is potential for the spotlight to become harsher from here on in. He was essentially the reason Traore wasn’t starting every game for Wolves.

With Pedro Neto’s return not far off, he’ll really need to step up his game if he wants to remain a regular.