Wolverhampton Wanderers’ record £18million capture of Adama Traore from Middlesbrough remains a work in progress when it comes to harnessing his raw talent and pace.
The biggest criticism thrown at the 23-year-old is the quality of his final product, but that certainly doesn’t faze head coach Nuno Espirito Santo who continues to work with him on the training pitch to gain the necessary improvement.
Traore’s talents are however clear for everyone to see when he’s in full flight and few doubt that when he develops further and cracks it, he’s going to be one hell of a player on the pitch for us. His versatility has come to the fore recently with Nuno looking to move him around to get more from him, and the wing back role definitely suited his talents and impressed plenty in the fanbase recently.
With Wolves continuing to prepare for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, the gaffer spoke about Traore in his pre-game press conference when it came to the position change and how the player took to it.
“It’s one of the things he can do. Adama is unique worldwide. He always has space to give things to the team. His speed, his one-versus-one, there are not many players that can achieve these kind of performances. It’s not about that (persuading). In that moment the team required that option. You can see both wing-backs did not play that game. It goes back to what we want for the squad. We don’t have to persuade him, what we need to do is make him believe. Make him realise and the team itself that he is different. We need to adjust to exploit the maximum talent that Adama can give us.”
Traore is in many ways Nuno’s pet project and if he keeps applying himself as he is, many have faith that it will click sooner rather than later.