Wolves journalist Tim Spiers has come to the defence of Adama Traore off the back of his performance against West Ham United on Monday night.
The Spaniard, valued at £31.5m on Transfermarkt, has certainly enjoyed something of a cult status in the wider footballing community in recent years, helped by the revelation that he puts baby oil on his arms in order to help evade defenders. But he hasn’t really been able to back up that hype in terms of numbers this season, with zero goals and just two assists to his name.
He ended a long run of games without an assist on Monday night after a brilliant run down the left-hand side, and speaking on the latest edition of The Molineux View, Spiers praised him for his effort against the Hammers before saying he felt that Traore can consider himself unlucky for the way things have fallen this season:
“The run was insane. He picks the ball up so deep and takes on four players, but at the same time, it just felt normal. He does do one of those every game. But the difference here, the cross with his weaker left foot was outstanding. And there’s Leander Dendoncker arriving doing exactly what we’ve been calling for, powering a header past the ‘keeper; he should have done that a few times a season.”
“I mean, he’s finally gotten his assist. But really, as we know, he won a penalty at Brighton, he should somehow be registered for that goal against Leeds which bounced off the ‘keeper’s back and he set up several chances on a plate this season for other players – but good for him to get that off his back.”
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Spiers’ comment about getting it off his back should hopefully mean that there is more to come from him.
Because whilst things like assists aren’t always down to players like Traore, there has to be someone on the other end to finish the effort, for a player of his ability – supposedly good enough to warrant a £70m price tag – to not be producing this season has to go down as a massive disappointment on his end.