Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Andy Thompson has showered praise on Adama Traore, with the Spaniard having turned around his fortunes at Molineux.
Traore hit a brace against Manchester City before the international break to stun the Premier League champions, and his form has drastically improved.
There were massive question marks against Traore as the 2018/19 season drew to a close, with many having seen little to suggest he was worth the £18 million paid to Middlesbrough (BBC Sport).
His end product was poor, and Nuno Espirito Santo was hesitant to trust him.
In 2019/20, he looks a different player, and Thompson has been highly impressed with his transformation.
Speaking to Wolves Bite, the former full-back said: “We have got a new player in Adama Traore – he’s a genuine threat.
“People set up to play against him – they double up with two or three trying to stop him, but he’s that quick, he’s got the ability to get away from them.
“He’s a threat no matter who he’s playing against. He’s fortunate in that Nuno and his coaches have worked with him and he manages his game a lot better now. The problem was he was getting into positions and you need to deliver your final ball but now he seems to be making the right decisions.”
Thompson also added that he’s ‘never seen anything like’ Traore’s blistering pace, and predicted he will eventually be worth ‘a fortune’ to the club.
Wolves really do have a major weapon on their hands now in Traore.
Something is finally clicking with the former Barcelona man and Premier League full-backs will have to be very wary going into games against the Black Country club from here.
Previously he has merely flirted with becoming a dangerous player, but it’s as Thompson says – now, he’s a genuine threat.