Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his desire to see Adama Traore given more protection from referees.
The Spanish winger was frequently on the receiving end of some rough play against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Traore was proving to be a menace for the visitors, and helped himself to his third goal of the season during the 2-1 defeat.
The former Barcelona youngster’s game has improved considerably this season much to the delight of the Molineux faithful, but that upturn in form has seen him become a real target for defenders.
Traore is obviously blessed with wonderful physical assets, and often opponents have to stop him by any means necessary, which is a frustration for Espirito Santo.
The manager said (Birmingham Mail): “Players that have talent like Adama – he is tough to defend and opponents do what they have to do. It’s up to the referee to judge.
“I haven’t seen the images yet. Over and over again. I think the referees know in the case of players like this that they must act immediately to prevent injury. Sometimes a tackle can cause serious injury to the player and it’s not fair.”
TBR’s view – Seed planted
Perhaps Espirito Santo’s comments will now subconsciously buy Traore better protection from referees, and players will be carded sooner for challenges on him.
One can understand his frustrations – given the speed at which Traore moves, there is undoubtedly a greater risk of him getting seriously injured.
That’s something Wolves can ill-afford, with Traore now one of the team’s most dangerous players.