Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has singled out Adama Traore as one of the more versatile players in his squad.
Speaking to the club’s official website wolves.co.uk, Nuno stressed the importance of his players being able to adapt to a variety of positions, citing the 23-year-old as a prime example.
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The manager told wolves.co.uk: “I think all the players have to be versatile and learn to adapt to different positions. Adama is one of the players who is able to do that, he’s been doing well, but we have other players who are in the same situations.
“I hope it’s good for their confidence to discover these new abilities, Adama is confident because we trust him.”
Traore has already switched between a right wing-back and attacking right winger role a few times this season, as per WhoScored.
With regular right-back Matt Doherty missing all of pre-season due to a knee injury, the ex-Barcelona wide man began the campaign in a more defensive role, playing there in the Europa League qualifiers and in his first four Premier League games this term, either as a starter or substitute.
He took up a more advanced role from mid-September once Doherty had shaken off his summer injury concerns, but his two goals this season have both come when starting as a wing-back, from where he scored twice in the win at Manchester City.
Traore was restored to a right-wing berth for last weekend’s draw at Arsenal, during which Doherty limped off with a knee injury. However, with the Irishman declared fit for tonight’s Europa League clash against Slovan Bratislava, Traore will likely be fielded in attack once more.
Traore is clearly comfortable switching between right wing-back and right-winger roles, with that versatility coming in very useful recently when Doherty was forced to fill in at centre-back in the draw at Newcastle due to the injury-enforced absences of Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly.
Nuno has been forced to shunt some players into less familiar roles this season, as evidenced by midfielders Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss playing as centre-backs against Arsenal, so it is no surprise that he has welcomed Traore’s fluid adaptability between a defensive or attack-minded right-sided role this season.
Wolves fans, how important has Traore’s versatility been this season and what do you think is his best position? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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