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Wolves Keen On Activating Release Clause For Prolific Middlesbrough Winger: Good Move By Santo?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

According to the latest reports, Wolves are strongly considering a move for Middlesbrough attacker, Adama Traore. Nuno Espirito Santo is keen on activating the 22-year-old’s £18m release clause but is also facing competition from Huddersfield Town. Both clubs consider the Spaniard to be a hidden gem in the EFL Championship and are willing to go the extra length to get him.

It is of no surprise to see Traore get linked with Premier League clubs ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. He has progressed rapidly since his move out of Barcelona and has the potential to convert himself into a star. He received his training within the walls of the prestigious La Masia academy of Barcelona. Due to the lack of almost any first-team involvement, he opted for a move away from the Camp Nou and ended up with Aston Villa in the summer of 2015.

He featured in 12 games for the Claret and Blues which is a distinct improvement from his 4 senior team appearances for Barcelona. However, Traore couldn’t quite settle himself at Villa Park and finally managed to earn a switch to the more favourable Riverside Stadium.

Now, he has 37 games worth of Premier League experience and 71 in total for Boro. His contract is set to run for another 2 years with the player firmly planted in Tony Pulis’ future plans with the club. He had made 40 appearances this past season and was directly involved in 17 goals to help the side make their way into the promotion playoffs.

Traore is a top-pedigree talent with the years in front him to fulfil his potential. He can run the channels with remarkable speed and dribbling abilities. He is also a relentless runner with the lungs of a marathon vet.

His technical skills have slowly polished over the years but his end game could use some work. Sometimes his touches around the box lets him down so he is far from a finished product. However, give him just an extra edge and he is sure to leave you in the dust. His explosiveness and ability to get into scoring positions could be wonderfully exploited on the counters.

Read More: Versatile Portuguese Midfielder Red Hot On Wolves’ Radar: Where Can He Fit Into Santo’s Plans?

The Wanderers are looking to make further additions to their squad ahead of a fresh Premier League challenge. Nuno Santo already has the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro, Diogo Jota, Leo Bonatini and Helder Costa competing for the final third positions. With Traore in the squad, he will have more options to work with and also the squad depth for a respectable position in the English top-flight.

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