Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers wide man Adama Traore and after his performance caught the eye last week – Nigel Martyn has told The Boot Room that a deal needs to be done.
Traore, 25, has failed to live up to the numbers he produced last season. During 2019-20, he scored six goals and created 12 more in 54 league and cup appearances, but this time around he has managed one goal and one assist in 28 games.
However, he was unlucky not to see his name on the score sheet against Leeds. His brilliant cut inside and pile driver from 25 yards out pinged back off the cross bar – hitting Illan Meslier and bobbling into the net. It went down as a Meslier own goal.
Leeds have been regularly linked with the ex-Barcelona man – who played alongside Patrick Bamford and Adam Forshaw at Middlesbrough. 90Min are the latest to suggest a move, claiming Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of the £40million-rated ace.
Following his performance against Leeds, and his game-changing moment that saw Wolves win 1-0 – Martyn believes Leeds should get a deal done if the “price is right”. He also thinks that Leeds want to sign him, and have earmarked the Spain star.
“If he’s getting linked, then the liking is there isn’t it,” Martyn told The Boot Room. “It happens two ways. Either the player wants to go so his agent will throw it out there, or the club that wants to buy, will put it out there and sound the player out.
“I think Leeds are keen and will want to get it done. He would certainly add to that squad, and give more strength. It’s what you need, the experience as well. They have earmarked him as one they want so hopefully they can get it done.
“I trust the manager, he’ll know what sort of players he wants and where he wants to play them. He sees him [Traore] as an upgrade and if the price is right, then do it.”
TBR’s view – Is Traore a Bielsa-style player?
Not particularly. His incredible strength is not really a trait of a Bielsa team, but his pace, trickery and work rate certainly are. Wolves play to Traore’s strengths, giving him the ball and allowing him to run at the defence.
Would he be willing to put on a high press? Cover Luke Ayling when the right-back flies forward? Playing from either flank, he might be good enough to come in and replace Jack Harrison but at the latest report’s valuation of £40million, he is expensive.
Traore is an exciting player that gets people of their seats. But whether he is the ideal addition for a Leeds side under the guidance of Bielsa, remains to be seen. His form this season should be a concern if Leeds do pursue a deal.