On August 31st 2016, Middlesbrough announced the signing of Adama Traore from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old made his debut on the 10th of September 2016 in a home loss to Crystal Palace, replacing Cristhian Stuani for the final nine minutes of the match.
A lot of supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to secure the services of Traore, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.
— azy (@azymanzur) August 31, 2016
— Jordan Walker (@jordanboro1) August 31, 2016
— Louis Crawford (@LouisCrawford10) August 31, 2016
— Tadd hartland (@tadd_hartland93) August 31, 2016
next messi mate
— Oscar919 (@TeresoC3) August 31, 2016
— LUKƎ (@lukestilborn) August 31, 2016
Adama Traore joined Barcelona’s youth setup in 2004 at the age of eight. And, he managed to work his way up the ladder at the Spanish giants, playing in his first La Liga game at the age of only 17, replacing Neymar.
However, the Spaniard later joined Aston Villa on a five-year deal for a reported £7 million. He managed to impress during his time at Villa Park, but he did face criticism during his last season at the club due to his lack of end-product and the amount of time spent nursing injuries.
On the 31st of August 2017, Middlesbrough signed Adama Traore on a four-year contract. It wasn’t until Tony Pulis took charge that he really managed to find his feet at the Riverside Stadium after failing to find the back of the net during his first season at the club.
Traore impressed during his second season at the club, with his pace causing several problems for opposition defenders, including a memorable performance against Leeds United. He managed to secure five goals and twelve assists during the campaign as Boro reached the Championship play-offs, along with winning the Fans’ Player of the Year, Young Player Of The Year and Players’ Player Of The Year awards.
But, Pulis wasn’t able to hold onto the winger back in the summer months as he secured an £18 million move to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It comes as no surprise that supporters were excited about his arrival as he went on to establish himself as arguably the best player at the club, with goals and assists ever-present in his second season. So, Aitor Karanka did well to secure a brilliant agreement to bring him to the Riverside, as he provided fans with plenty of happy memories.
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