Newcastle United are interested in Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore.
The Evening Chronicle report that the 21-year-old’s name has been mentioned in discussions between the two North-East clubs during the past few days.
It is believed that the player wants a move away from Boro after the club’s relegation from the Premier League. He has also been linked with Levante, Real Betis and Eibar.
The Teesside club are in talks to sign Karl Darlow from Newcastle and it could be that United use that to help them to secure Traore.
Should Newcastle prioritise a move for the winger?
There is a lot to be attracted to when it comes to Adama Traore. He is one of the best dribblers in the world, as a combination of raw pace and agility allow him to beat opposition players, as shown by his average of five successful dribbles per game last season.
The former Barcelona man caused nightmares for defences with his close ball control and he was an exciting watch for the neutrals. However, Middlesbrough fans will attest that there was little substance to the winger’s game, as he struggled to make an impact in the final third.
The 21-year-old was excellent at creating space for himself in the attacking half, as he could beat defenders with ease and move into dangerous positions. It was when he was in this space that he looked out of his depth as he rarely made the right decision, while his technical ability can also be called into question.
He contributed only one assist in 1537 minutes of Premier League football. That isn’t good enough for an attacking player, regardless of his age. His pass success rate of 69.9% is poor and his poor technique played a part in that.
Some Newcastle supporters will argue that he is an exciting talent who could benefit from the coaching of Rafa Benitez. Last summer, there were similar concerns about DeAndre Yedlin, but he has developed into a very good full-back since his move to St James’ Park. Traore could follow a similar path.
Although it is true that he has the potential to be very good if he sorts out his technique and decision making, it would be a risk to sign him. This season will be one of consolidation for Newcastle and they should be brining in players that they can rely on. It isn’t the time for a project and that is why they should avoid Traore.