Wolves boss Nuno: There is no player like Adama Traore

Nuno Espirito Santo has hailed Adama Traore as one of a kind in world football – as he excitedly awaits when the winger will hit his peak.

Joe Willock of Newcastle United and Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (AMA)
Joe Willock of Newcastle United and Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (AMA)

The Wolves boss always has a preferred way of describing his attacking talent: “unique.”

Although his performances have improved the 25-year-old is still lagging behind his team-mates in goals and assists – having failed to register any in the Premier League this season.

But for Nuno he believes the consistency in performance has vastly improved and can only get better.

“I think it’s much better, if you compare since he joined Wolves, the curve still exists but it’s always growing and going up.

“It takes time, not only for Adama but for many players.”

When asked when his peak will be, he added: “It can be tomorrow.

“He’s special and unique. You never know, you’re waiting for that special thing to happen, but it’s there. There’s no doubt about that, it’s there.

“He is progressing, now he is able to cover more positions on the pitch.

“It is a very difficult challenge for someone who has been under routine for so many years playing on the right side.

“Everything was based on that, now he has been able to change sides, creating an impact. He’s played as a full-back and played as a striker.

“There are a lot of things that Adama has improved. He is unique.

“The moment me, him and his team-mates realise how good Adama can be be, I hope I will be here to see it. He is unique and very special.

“It’s his personality, character and heart, he’s a very nice boy. A very nice human being.”

The same description of Traore consistently creeps up as Nuno is eager to praise the Spaniard.

But with his peak still to come the manager believes Traore stands alone in world football for what he can bring to the pitch.

He added: “When I say unique, I say unique all over football. There is no player like Adama.

“Then you can compare what is better or not, but in his own characteristics there is no-one in the world of football like Adama Traore.”

It is no secret that Nuno is fond of Traore, which is reflected in the way he speaks about him.

The manager smiles from ear to ear when talking about the forward and although he says that is down to their relationship, he insists it is not only reserved for Traore.

“It’s because he was born the same day that I was,” Nuno joked.

“Every player brings a smile to my face.

“When we have a lot of players with talent expectations are high and we have a lot of them.

“If you mention another one, for sure I will smile.

“It’s only (with) Adama because we know each other very well. He’s so special and unique that you always want the best to happen to him.”

Traore is expected to keep his place in the team when he travels to his former club tomorrow, as Wolves face Villa.

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