Wolves legend Steve Bull: Wing-back got best out of Adama Traore

By Steve Bull | Wolves | Published:

Wolves may well have found the position for £18million signing Adama Traore to flourish.

His display at right wing-back against Cardiff was fantastic.

The 23-year-old was unbelievable, constantly putting the Bluebirds under intense pressure in the 2-0 win by flying past players at will.

I was sceptical when I saw him start there, and I was unsure about starting Ruben Vinagre, Romain Saiss and Morgan Gibbs-White as well as John Ruddy, but they all proved Nuno was right to make such bold changes.

To be fair, the first 10 minutes were the worst I’ve seen in a long time.

But then we flicked the switch and came alive.

Traore as a wing-back is another strong option for Nuno, and Vinagre on the other side was class!

I was pleasantly surprised with how he did.

Of course, the 19-year-old has played a few games and done well, but he was given the time to shine against Neil Warnock’s side – and he did just that.


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The pair of them are just so quick, and they will strike fear into a lot of teams.

Saiss was excellent in the middle of the park, breaking up play and being tidy in possession.


Performances like that are why Wolves recently awarded him a new contract.

Having players who can come in and impress so greatly, patiently waiting for their chance while knowing they may not be in the team the following week, is invaluable to Nuno.

Gibbs-White did well too. He still has a lot to learn but time is firmly on his side, and if he keeps on going how he has been, Wolves have a hugely exciting prospect on their hands.

Ruddy got a clean sheet, and the displays from those five who came in from the cold just proved how united Nuno’s group are.

They firmly believe in his philosophy.

He keeps them under wraps and picks the right moments to give them a go – and none of them kick up a fuss!

They are top professionals, in a top side.

Steve Bull

By Steve Bull

Wolves legend and the club's record goal scorer


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