Nigel Martyn has told The Boot Room that Wolves winger Adama Traore would be a good signing for Leeds amid reports the Whites are looking to form a reunion between Traore, Victor Orta and Patrick Bamford – who were at Middlesbrough together.
The Spain international has struggled this term. Traore had failed to score or lay on an assist before the turn of the year, until he blasted an effort into the top corner in a 1-0 win in the FA Cup over Palace. He got an assist against Brighton on January 2.
Traore, 24, has been linked on numerous occasions with Leeds and the latest report from Eurosport claims Leeds are still interested. It is claimed that Wolves are willing to consider a staggered move for the £50million-rated winger.
Leeds legend Martyn responded when asked about the potential arrival of Traore in January, and while Leeds do have plenty of options out wide – the ex-Leeds goalkeeper thinks Traore would be a good addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s side – but has doubts.
“Yep, he would be a good signing. A decent player,” Martyn said. “You just worry slightly when your direct competition are happy to sell, but it is whether Bielsa can get a bit more about him. That is always the thought process.
“But I always have reservations when a direct rival is willing to sell. I always think of Robbie Fowler – when he joined us from Liverpool – he had a hip problem and struggled. There would be caution (on Traore) but he is a good player. He would definitely be a good addition to the squad.”
TBR’s view – Leeds have numerous options out wide
Jack Harrison is one of the most creative players in the Premier League this season, with WhoScored claiming only Mason Mount, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes and Jack Grealish ahead of him. Raphinha has made an excellent start to life.
Leeds have cover, too. Ian Poveda, Helder Costa, Pablo Hernandez, Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski can all play out wide – while Crysencio Summverville scored a hat-trick for the 23’s on Monday. But a player like Traore is a game changer.
He is worth signing regardless of the depth Leeds have. If Leeds can secure a deal for Traore – perhaps a staggered payment of something like five payments of £10million – then it is worth doing.