Molineux latest news: 'Bizarre' problem is holding back £50m Wolves star


Luke Hatfield has urged Adama Traore to become more clinical and has described his lack of cutting edge as “bizarre”.

Traore has missed several big chances in the Premier League this season and is yet to get off the mark this term.

How has Traore performed this season?

Despite his dreadful form in front of goal, according to WhoScored, the Spanish international has been Wolves’ best player this term by some distance.

His average rating has been an impressive 7.46, the 10th best in the league, whilst the next best player in Bruno Lage’s squad has been Romain Saiss (6.96).



But Traore’s rating could have been far higher had he not missed a host of massive opportunities, three of note which he simply should have put away.

The first of which was when he’d been played through by Joao Moutinho against Leicester when the score was 0-0, but he was unable to hit the target, and whilst he did test the goalkeeper eight days later against Tottenham, he was denied by Hugo Lloris when Wolves were trailing 1-0.

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Traore, valued at £50m by Wolves this summer, then found himself in a similar position in the recent defeat to Aston Villa. Having raced past several Villa players, the flying winger once again found himself in the clear, but another tame effort allowed Emiliano Martinez to easily save.

You could perhaps sympathise with him for the last of those having ran half the length of the pitch, but Hatfield said his lack of a finishing touch is proving an issue.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s the same problem with him, which is something that we’ve seen week after week after week, he goes on a scintillating run, beats four or five players, he looks like he’s about to score the Premier League goal of the season – admittedly it’s a good save from Martinez – but he’s given the opportunity to save it.

“He needs to develop that clinical cutting edge and it’s bizarre because he’s got everything until he gets into the penalty area and needs to pull the trigger.”

Is Traore likely to improve his finishing?

Traore is still only 25-years-old, so he has time on his side, but his goal return in recent years doesn’t suggest that he’s going to get any better in the final-third.

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He scored just three goals across all competitions last season and has found the net seven times in almost 150 Premier League appearances across spells with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Wolves.

But for now, he needs to start being more productive in the final-third to become a regular in Lage’s side once again after starting just once in the last three games.

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