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Adama Traore – a nightmare for many Premier League defenders (Part 3)

Traore is not considered strong in tactical execution, leading to his first time at Middlesbrough, he had to … change wings after each half to be able to hear the direction on the border from Karanka.

In the first 31 matches at Middlesbrough, Traore could not find his way into the net. The second season went more smoothly, when he was voted “Player of the Year” by both fans and teammates with five goals and 10 assists. Thanks to the brilliant performance, Traore was recruited by Wolves in August 2018 for about 23.5 million USD.

Under the guidance of Coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Traore continues to progress in technical and tactical aspects. He was used in both the attacking position, right wing and right back when defender Matt Doherty was injured.

“Adama can do everything – from reviving the team, creating opportunities to making the opponent confused. Recently he is also stable in defense, supports the center-back and avoids the ball on. No. But we are still improving him”, said coach Nuno.

From a slender boy in his Barca debut, Traore has transformed into a muscular nightmare of the left-backs in the Premier League. His speed is so fast that Olympic champion 4×100 m distance Darren Campbell had to advise Traore … slow down on the field.

However, the number of four goals and four assists after 20 Premier League matches this season is still not the statistics of a top star that Traore is aiming for.

Traore transformed from a slim player into a muscular athlete

Having a Mali background, Traore was invited to join the African national football team by Traore, although he played for U16, U17, U19 and U21 Spain. In November 2019, coach Luis Enrique called Traore to Spain to prepare for Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Malta and Romania. But Traore was unable to play due to injury and was replaced by Pablo Sarabia.

If they continue their current form, Traore will likely continue to cause the two Spanish football associations and Mali to compete. With a midfield prioritizing technical players like Spain, owning a backup card with a high level of mutation like Traore will certainly be useful at Euro 2020.