Adama Traore is likely to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers next year, according to Dean Jones.
Traore is expected to depart Molineux either during the January or summer transfer window with his contract set to expire in the summer amid a bit-part role throughout the season.
The 26-year-old is no longer that terrifying Wolves focal point whose sheer power and determination on the ball would occupy team’s and player’s thoughts before and during games.
Instead, he’s started just six games all season in the Premier League for a side that only jumped off the foot of the table due to their first win after five previous winless games, with Traore introduced as a second-half substitute.
It was reported by the Express & Star that new manager Julen Lopetegui hopes to tie the Spaniard down to a new deal with his physical prowess still something that the incoming boss wants to utilise.
However, no decision has been made yet but Jones told GiveMeSport that he is expected to leave for a fresh start.
“I’m not sure how that will end up playing out because I don’t think the overall picture has changed too much for him.
“I think Adama Traore will still be leaving Wolves. I just can’t tell right now if that’s going to be in January or at the end of the season,” Jones said.
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This comes with Raul Jimenez ‘supposedly’ allowed to leave in the January transfer window due to him not being in the plans of new boss Julen Lopetegui.
Adama’s stock has certainly dropped in previous years with The Sun even reporting that the Old Gold had reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for a £40m move in 2021.
Even an attempt for a fresh start at his former club Barcelona failed with him never scoring in 17 outings.
However, he still remains a useful option for Wolves with his speed and strength unmatched by any attacker in the world when in full tilt.
But with Matheus Cunha’s arrival putting another body between him and the starting line-up it would seem very unlikely that he can be talked round into a new deal, with the option to cash in, in January seemingly not the worst.