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Middlesbrough Maverick Wanted By Huddersfield Town: A Step In The Right Direction For Wagner?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

David Wagner has done an extremely commendable job at John Smith’s Stadium last season, having brought them up from the Championship, just the season before. The Terriers were never really in trouble of getting relegated last season but the German tactician is now looking to help the club take the next step in the English top flight.

They will want to fight for a place in the top half of the table and are looking to recruit potential stars, who can help them achieve the same. One such player now on their radar is Adama Traore.

Born and brought up in Spain, Traore is a product of the La Masia academy and managed to break into the Barcelona senior side in 2013 as a teenager. However, he failed to make an impact in the first team, making just one league appearance before being shipped off to Aston Villa in 2015.

He spent just a season at Villa Park, failing to find the back of the net in the league, as the Villains dropped down to the Championship that season. He was soon picked up by Middlesbrough the next summer and finally managed to find some form last season, where he registered five goals and 10 assists in just 28 Championship starts.

A gifted footballer with great technique and understanding of the game, Traore is a natural winger, who can play on either flank. Equipped with skills and a winning mentality, the 22-year old loves to have the ball at his feet and can dribble past opponents with ease.

The Spaniard is effective over a dead ball, can provide pinpoint crosses and is also strong in hold up play, winning fouls regularly. He needs to work on his finishing but at just 22, the Spanish speedster has a bright future ahead of him and will be a huge asset for the Terriers if they can land him.

Reports suggest that Traore, who has just two years left on his current deal, is wanted by a number of clubs in England. Tony Pulis, the current boss at Riverside, is happy to let the youngster leave the club this summer.

Newly promoted side Wolves are ready to make a move for him, but reports suggest that Wagner’s Terriers are also interested in his services. He has a release clause of £18m, which justifies his potential and players like Traore are sure to have an impact under Wagner.

Read More: Huddersfield Town Inching Closer To Summer Move For 26 Y/O German Ace: Can The Terriers Pull It Off?

He lacks consistency, which has been his biggest downfall, but the Huddersfield Town manager brought the best out of a few players in his squad last season, turning them into stars and if he can do the same with Traore, the Spaniard can turn into a real match winner for the Terriers.

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