All hail Adama Traore.
The Wolverhampton flyer is fast becoming our favourite player in the Premier League at the moment, even more so after he inspired his team to a comeback win against Southampton at the weekend.
“It sort of became the latest instalment of the Adama Traore Show,” said Benji Lanyado on this Monday’s Totally Football Show, about Wolves’s 3-2 win at St Mary’s. “I’m starting to wonder if he represents something completely new in football. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like him: we’ve seen incredibly strong players and incredibly quick players, but he’s both, at the same time.
“To beat a man all he really needs is some space beyond them, and run. You’re not out-muscling him, you’re not quicker than him, and now he’s shown he knows what to do with the ball. He’s like a football loophole, and I think he’s my favourite player in the Premier League at the moment. He’s so much fun.”
“He’s like a football project,” said Nick Miller, “because you always hear about these players who are incredibly quick and people say “One day, he’ll develop some sort of end product.” But they never do, they usually fade into obscurity or become Theo Walcott or something. But Traore has become that player with an end product.”
Carl Anka was at the game on Saturday and broke down how Traore changed the game.
“At Southampton, he started on the left because their weakness this season has been Cedric Soares at right-back. That didn’t quite work because Stuart Armstrong doubled up, so they moved him to the right, he stayed there for 20 minutes, Wolves got slightly better but that didn’t work, so at half-time they moved him up front to partner Raul Jimenez and put Neto as a No.10.
“Southampton’s back four aren’t used to playing against two strikers, and when one of them is Traore, who could occupy two players by himself, it opens up so many holes.”
The win was all the more remarkable considering Wolves’s injury and burn-out issues, as Matt Davies-Adams explained.
“On Thursday’s show Lynsey Hooper was saying how Wolves just look a bit knackered, they’ve had 39 games, they don’t rotate the squad and they basically pick from a pool of 14 players. They’ve come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at one of the most in-form teams in the league. It’s a funny old game. It really is.”
“They’re not even picking from 14 players at the moment,” added Nick Miller. “Other than maybe Morgan Gibbs-White, they haven’t got any senior players on the bench at the moment. It’s like they’re a Sunday League team: they’re just picking from whoever turns up and can walk.”
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