At 22 years of age, unmatched physical and technical ability, it’s time for Wolves’ record signing to set the world alight.
The Spaniard has shown glimpses of brilliance and immense ability on the ball that rivals the likes of Lionel Messi, which in this case is not an exaggeration. Traore has played for three English clubs already both in the Premier League and the Championship where his end product has been lacking for a player of his potential. Yet just 20 minutes against the champions Manchester City at Molineux suggested the penny could finally be dropping for one of the most exciting players to watch this season.
The La Masia graduate’s move to Birmingham with Aston Villa in 2015 demonstrated his extraordinary ability to beat his man with such ease at just 19 years of age. 10 appearances in his debut season produced just one assist, yet in fairness to say the side he was working with was poor is an understatement. Their relegation in 2015/16 prompted the young talent to moved up north to Middlesborough for another crack in the English top flight leaving Villa Park after one season.
With Boro a side struggling for goals, the speedster continued to show his ability to effortlessly dribble past defenders completing an astonishing 5 dribbles per game in 2016/17. However this came to nothing time and time again for the 27 games he played with just 1 assist to show for. Consecutive relegations for the former Blaugrana winger certainly didn’t improve his C.V, and his lack of direct goal contributions were a worrying sign for fans of the exciting prospect. It was not looking promising for Traore with the way things were going.
But he finally had his breakthrough season in the Championship. The Spaniard continued his excellence with the ball at his feet completing a staggering 7.3 dribbles per game and had the end product that Boro fans were crying out for. 5 goals and 10 assists finally illustrated the pedigree of the winger, instrumental in the Smoggies playoff charge that ultimately fell short. Growing in confidence and having the statistics to show for it, Middlesborough’s Player of the Year wanted a return to the top flight and newly promoted Wolves snapped him up for £18 million.
Third time’s a charm for the Spaniard? In just 63 minutes from two substitute appearances so far, Traore has completed 4 dribbles per game (low by his standards!) and 1.5 key passes per game. A player with incredible athleticism, technical ability and physical strength makes him unique from others. Turning World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy inside out in his little cameo against the Cityzens is hopefully just a taster to what this incredible talent has to offer for an exciting Wanderers side in 2018/19.