TalkSPORT pundit Darren Gough has hailed Adama Traore’s recent transformation at Wolves, having been a ‘flop’ at the start of his Molineux career.
Traore signed for a newly-promoted Wolves side from Middlesbrough in August 2018, but made just eight league starts and scored only once in all competitions last year.
However, this season has seen the Spaniard become a regular in the Wolves team, with the winger notching four times already for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and getting on the scoresheet last weekend in their narrow defeat to Spurs.
Gough sang his praises on TalkSPORT, with the former cricketer suggesting the 23-year-old would now claim a big transfer fee, such has been his rise in form.
He said: “I think the way he’s developed under Nuno has been unbelievable. He was used as an impact sub and even most of the fans last year would’ve said he’s been a bit of a flop.
“Against Manchester City, he played as a wing-back. Raheem Sterling didn’t get a kick because of Traore. [He] matched him for pace, he was powerful, he bullied him. He was excellent that game.
“And against Spurs, they had to resort to fouling him, because every time he got the ball, he looked like going past player after player – and he got a goal, as well.
“He’s been excellent for Wolves and I think if you’d have sold him at the end of last year, you’d have got him for absolute peanuts. Now, you’d be looking at a big fee.”
Gough’s appraisal of Traore is rather justified, with the winger far more involved in the goals for Wolves this season having already directly contributed to 10 – compared to just four for the duration of the previous campaign.
His performance against Spurs was so effective that some of Jose Mourinho’s players reportedly pleaded with their manager to make a move for the Wolves man following his display.
It only goes to further illustrate the improvement that Traore has shown in recent months, with his match-winning performance at Manchester City accounting for one of his highest-rated showings this season, according to WhoScored.
Therefore, Gough seems well within reason to suggest his stock has risen as Wolves look to join the chasing pack for a Champions League place this season.
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