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Opinion: Traore can take Wolves to the next level once fully integrated

Opinion: Traore can take Wolves to the next level once fully integrated

Wolves have had a relatively difficult start to life back in the Premier League after having to play Everton, Leicester City and champions Manchester City in their first three fixtures. 

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, however, have come off pretty well, managing to hold both Everton and mostly recently Manchester City to draws.

Overall, the early signs are promising for Wolves with the likes of new signings Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho settling in the team nicely, while midfield maestro Ruben Neves has picked up straight from where he left off last season.

And, if his cameo against Manchester City is anything to go by, Wolves will only get better once Adama Traore is fully integrated into the team.

£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Traore arrived at Molineux from Middlesbrough in the summer for a club-record fee and was absolutely menacing on the right-hand side against Guardiola’s men after being brought on in the 72nd minute.

The 22-year-old was a constant thorn in Benjamin Mendy’s side, as he managed to breeze and bulldoze past the Frenchman, which is not something too many wingers are capable of.

For those who watched the 1-1 draw between the two sides at Molineux and have kept an eye on Traore’s development, the Barcelona youth product’s performance would not have come as a surprise.

Traore has always been able to terrorise the opposition with his pace, power and dribbling ability and get the upper hand on full-backs.

Where Traore’s weakness lies is in both his decision making in the final third and the execution of his last action in an attack be it a shot or cross.

However, those areas of his game have drastically improved since his two earlier spells in the Premier League with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

And, should Traore manage to refine the above aspects even further, then Wolves could have a real jewel of a player on their hands.

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