Traore hoping to “grow up” after upsurge in form

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Adama Traore admits work done on the training ground has contributed to his good form and says he hopes it will make him “grow up”.

The winger was signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018 following a positive stint with the Teessider’s in the Championship.

However, he barely made an impact for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team last season and there were serious doubts about his long term future at Molineux.

Traore struggled to get into the starting XI on a regular basis, only starting eight Premier League games, managing to find the back of the net once.

During pre-season however, he was re-invented by boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a wing-back in place of the injured Matt Doherty and he has started to show his best form.

He had his finest moments in a Wolves shirt on Sunday in their 2-0 defeat of Manchester City as he hit Pep Guardiola’s men twice on the counter-attack to calmly score both goals in the win.

Traore has always been criticised for his lack of composure and end product in the final third but the Spaniard says the intense training programme he went on in the summer has helped his game come on leaps and bounds.

“The important thing is that I am growing and being better. If I am the same yesterday for me it is a lost day. I have worked very intensely with Mr. Nuno and all the technical staff to improve both defensively and offensively,” he said.

“If I can adapt to exploit my quality in different parts of the field this will make me a better player. I hope to grow up.”

The 23-year-old has also been a key player in Wolves’ Europa League run so far this season and was outstanding when they defeated Torino in the first leg of the final qualification round in Turin.

With no international football on the horizon, his next football is set to come on October 19, when Wolves host Southampton in the Premier League.