In the recent match against Watford, Traore also set a record for the number of dribbles in an Premier League match since Opta began statistics from the 2006-2007 season – 15 times! Considering the whole of Europe with the players who have played at least 1000 minutes, the number of successful passes of Traore … is still a corner of the sky, surpassing stars like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria or Jadon Sancho.
The current sublimation may be late, but must have been in the mind of Traore when he was determined to break up Barca after more than a decade of attachment. At the age of eight, the Traore family received a call from a Barca scout to invite him to the famous La Masia academy.
At first, his mother … hung up because he thought it was a teasing call because Traore had his brother Mohamed at that time wearing Espanyol shirt.
Since the 2013-2014 season, Traore wore the Barca B team and was even facilitated the first team debut in November 2013. At the age of 17, Traore was replaced by coach Gerardo Martino for Neymar in Barca’s 4-0 win over Granada in La Liga. That same season, Traore first experienced the Champions League in a 1-2 defeat to Ajax Amsterdam.
However, the youngster quickly realized that in order to get on the pitch regularly, he had to leave the Camp Nou.
After 11 years with Barca and only one goal for the first team, Traore moved to the Premier League to wear Aston Villa summer 2015 for $ 9 million.
Barca let him go, but still hoped their raw gem would shine, by setting a provision to buy Traore within three years on a contract with Villa. However, Traore’s first season in England was catastrophic, when Villa was relegated, and he himself was fined for undisciplined.
After only a year, Traore was sold to Middlesbrough. Coach Middlesbrough then, Aitor Karanka, knew Traore thanks to the period of youth football in Spain. According to Guardian, Karanka understands Traore’s ability to create mutations with the speed ball. But the inaccuracy in the final balls was the problem of the youngster.