Leeds United were reportedly interested in Wolves’ Adama Traore last month and we think we should definitely make a move for him in the summer.
Hang with us on this one. We know we’ve got a lot of wingers.
Traore is a player whose reputation has grown considerably over the last year, but his dip in form recently means he could be available.
A return of just one goal and one assist in his last 20 games is pretty poor, but new surroundings and – more importantly – a new manager could get the best out of Traore.
There is no doubt that at the top of his game he can be a frightening opponent, boasting excellent pace and strength.
Raphinha is one of the success stories of this season. However, by contrast, Helder Costa has been an absolute flop.
Traore would offer brilliant competition with Costa and Jack Harrison, with our two wingers able to swap flanks.
And Traore offers something different, with blistering pace and a direct style that could really help unlock stubborn defences.
He’s made 3.7 dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game (WhoScored) this season, an impressive return given Wolves have struggled this season, with just six wins in 19 league games.
By comparison, Jack Harrison and Raphinha may have impressed this term but lack that ball-carrying ability, making 1.4 and 1.5 dribbles per game (WhoScored) respectively.
Victor Orta knows Traore well, having signed him while at Middlesbrough, and could use his relationship to convince the player about the Leeds project.
A player like Traore could have transformed the game against Brighton when we were crying out for a spark of energy and for someone to unsettle an organised defence.
Traore possesses that x-factor as defenders don’t know what his next move will be, and that proves especially effective against tired legs.
Nuno has used the Spaniard as a sub six times this season partly because of that, and it would be brilliant if we had that strength in depth too.
In other Leeds United news, fans have been singing the praises of a player signed by Thomas Christiansen.