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Wolves skipper Conor Coady: There’s no catching Adama Traore

Captain Conor Coady believes the work ethic of ‘horrible’ flying winger Adama Traore is bringing about an improvement in his game.

Adama Traore is congratulated by Willy Boly and Conor Coady (AMA)

Traore made his first league start of the calendar year as Wolves beat Cardiff City 2-0 last weekend.

The Spaniard was used at right wing-back and put in an impressive performance for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Coady said Traore was ‘horrible’ to face in training – and praised the 23-year-old’s workrate.

“He’s a hard-working lad, he works really hard,” Coady said.

“He’s brilliant to have around a bubbly lad in the changing room.

“You know what you’re going to get from him and he wants to get better and improve himself like the majority of players in our changing room.

“He’s horrible to face in training – I’m glad I don’t have to play against him any more!

"He’s absolutely horrible, he runs through you, he runs around you, I can’t imagine what it’s like for the opposition team especially when he’s playing like he did on Saturday.

“Adama is ridiculous in terms of getting us up the pitch, he brings so much to this team.

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“Everybody knows their jobs inside out. We all listen to the manager to see what he wants.

“(Romain) Saiss, (Ruben) Vinagre, I thought they were all outstanding.

“It was pleasing to see us perform like that.”

Another man to come into the XI was goalkeeper John Ruddy, who made his first league appearance of the season.

Ruddy kept a clean sheet – but it’s expected he’ll be back on the bench for Sunday’s trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Coady said of the popular keeper: “John’s brilliant for this football club the changing room and a huge part of it.

“You know what you’re going to get from the big man; he organises, he leads, he talks and you know when crosses are coming in or shots are had he’s a fantastic shot-stopper as well.

“With all the boys who came in against Cardiff you can see we’re ‘one’. We know our roles and our jobs.

“John was superb on Saturday.”