Wolves comment: Golden occasion for ever-improving Adama Traore
He has been showered with praise already this week – but here is some more for Adama Traore.
The more you reflect on his display for Wolves at Manchester City, the more you realise how excellent it was. Of course, the goals are the main focus.
His devastating pace tore City to shreds on the counter-attack, and his excellent shooting put Pep Guardiola’s side to the sword.
Despite running at full pelt – and that is a hell of a lot faster than most players – the Spaniard was able to slow things down in front of goal.
On both occasions, after latching on to Raul Jimenez passes, he took a second to set himself before confidently slotting the ball past Ederson – one of the best keepers around – and into the bottom corner.
It was finishing of the highest order. Earlier in the encounter, he produced top-drawer defending too.
Raheem Sterling did not have an inch of joy against Traore.
The Wolves man shrugged off the England star as he desperately tried to push past on the left flank.
Traore made it look easy against one of the top wingers in the league – and the world, currently, in fact.
It was undeniably his best display in gold and black.
And the progress he has made over the past few months is nothing short of admirable.
He was the flop of last season for Wolves, but has been the best player of 2019/20 so far.
Last campaign, bright performances from the ex-Barcelona man were few and far between. You could count them on one hand.
This time around, you are struggling to think of a match where Traore did not cause problems.
He has doubled his goals tally – he only got one last term, mind – and done the same with his assists.
And we are only in October, with Wolves still fighting on four fronts.
Traore’s discipline and willingness to improve is there for all to see.
The man is a physical specimen who strikes fear into every defender he runs at, and every attacker who attempts to take him on.
Some remain unconvinced, but Traore – if he keeps this up – could well end up with Wolves’ player of the season gong.
If there was a most-improved award, he would be an absolute shoo-in.
There is a reason why Traore was on Barcelona’s books for so long.
And if he carries on coming up with the technical prowess to go along with his exceptional physical attributes, who on earth is going to stop him?
A few who are still sceptical might say Jimenez put the chances on a plate for Traore at the Etihad and he could not miss.
They also might argue it was less a case of him marking Sterling out the game, but a lack of ambition from the City man.
What cannot be denied, though, is Traore is unique. There is nobody else at Wolves, or in the top-flight for that matter, like him. Wolves may well have a truly special talent on their hands.