Journalist Tim Spiers believes that Adama Traore will play for Wolves this weekend in their game against Aston Villa.
Having started the season as a first-choice player under Bruno Lage, following on from being a perennial starter in 2020/21, the Spaniard has seen his minutes slashed in the past two Premier League games for Wolves.
However, speaking on the latest edition of the Aston Villa-focused 1874 podcast, Spiers thinks that things could be about to change for the 25-year-old.
Whilst he suspects he may have been left out of the side for something more than tactical reasons, he may have been presented with an opportunity to work his way back into the team once more, starting with this weekend’s game at Villa Park:
“He’s only played half an hour the last two matches, he’s sort of been taken out of the team. The spider sense is tingling inside me that he’s kind of going through contract negotiations at the moment, and the last time he stalled on signing his new contract, he was dropped and it was quite odd that he didn’t play at the weekend.
“But Francisco Trincão, who’s on loan from Barcelona, he’s contracted [an illness] during the international break, so I’d imagine Traore will come in this weekend.”
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If Spiers is right that Traore is set to come back into the side, then he really has been gifted a golden opportunity to stay in the side for the long term rather than just one game.
Given Lage’s recent treatment of him, it doesn’t seem as if he particularly wants to put him there, but the circumstances surrounding Trincao might have forced his hand.
Whether it be due to his contract situation or his poor form – having failed to provide a goal or an assist so far this season – if he can put in a performance that really impresses Lage, then that should really give the Portuguese boss a reason to start picking him for the following game and hopefully getting into a position where he can’t be dropped again.