Wolverhampton Wanderers sealed their place in the last-32 of the Europa League after drawing 3-3 with SC Braga on Thursday, and Adama Traore was one of many players praised by supporters for his performance.
Before Wolves’ late collapse, the 23-year-old put the visitors 3-1 up in the 35th minute. He collected the ball from man-of-the-match Raul Jimenez and fired into the back of the net from the edge of the area.
Adama Traoré has been directly involved in 9 goals (3 goals and 6 assists) in 22 games in all competitions this season, three times as many involvements as he managed in 36 appearances in 2018-19.
— 🐺 WeAreWolves.com 🐺 (@WeAreWolves_com) November 28, 2019
A goal and 2 assists for Raul Jimenez tonight, what a first 45 minutes from him in Portugal. Adama Traoré really starting to add goals to his game this season also, really good signs for Wolves as the season progresses #WWFC
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) November 28, 2019
— Samuel dB🇲🇲 (@samuel_dB_021) November 28, 2019
— RoseTelstarWallCult5 (@5Tunesaday) November 28, 2019
Adama Traore finally delivering on the big stage. Never in doubt. Wolves got an absolute bargain from Boro. #wwfc
— Kamran (@K4MY_) November 28, 2019
What a first half, Adama is getting better game by game, just brilliant to watch. Can't get my head around us tearing apart teams in Europe. #wwfc
— Dave (@Beardo92) November 28, 2019
Against Braga, Traore played for 74 minutes, made 50 touches, won one aerial duel, created one chance, had two shots with 50% accuracy, completed 76.5% of his 17 passes, whipped in three crosses and made one tackle.
He’s made 22 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating nine goals. Traore’s enjoying a prolific campaign and has finally silenced the critics who questioned his end product – only Jimenez (six goals, two assists) has contributed more goals in the Premier League (two goals, three assists).
Is Traore our most improved player this season?
Yes, he has transformed as a player
No, he is still too inconsistent
Wolves next face Sheffield United on December 1 and could move within four points of fourth-placed Chelsea if results go their way over the weekend.