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Real Madrid To Rival Barcelona In Race For This Wolves Winger: What Will He Bring To Bernabeu?

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In a recent report, Don Balon has stated that Real Madrid are set to rival Barcelona in the race for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore next summer. It is understood that both Los Blancos and the Catalans are desperate to acquire the services of the Spanish international at the end of this campaign (via Don Balon).

Traore’s Impressive Rise To Prominence In English Football

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the top performers at the Molineux Stadium over the past 18 months after putting in a run of eye-catching performances for them out on the wide areas. The Spanish speedster was involved in 54 matches for Wolves in the previous campaign, netting six goals and grabbing 12 assists across multiple competitions.

Traore produced some incredible numbers for the West Midlands side last season when he averaged 1.2 shots, 1.3 key passes and 5.0 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, he needs to be more careful when interchanging possession on the flanks as evident from his pass completion rate of 74.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The former Middlesbrough wide player could be tempted to make a switch back to his homeland as it could give him a chance to win some trophies at the highest level. However, Los Blancos might find it difficult to lure Traore to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he has prior history with Barcelona where he burst into the scene as a youth player before his life-altering switch to England.

Real Madrid to rival Barcelona in the race for Traore who is seen in the picture
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Spanish striker Adama Traore runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football match Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sevilla at the MSV Arena on August 11, 2020, in Duisburg, western Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel / POOL / AFP)

What Will The Spanish Wing Wizard Bring To The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium?

Traore is one of the fastest wingers in Europe and has now added some goals and creativity to his game. He has made a habit of turning on the afterburners to breeze past the opposition defenders which makes him such a constant menace in the decisive third of the field.

At 24, the three-time Spanish international is only going to get better with each year, so Zinedine Zidane will do well to get him on board next summer. He has all the skillset required to be a future star at the Bernabeu, but only time will tell whether Traore has the technical qualities to be a success story in La Liga.

Traore is good enough to fight for a regular first-team place at Madrid next season. He will bring a lot of pace and creativity to the Spanish capital and could serve as a capable competitor for the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in the race to secure a place in Zidane’s starting XI. Furthermore, Traore can fill in as a right-sided wing-back as well, which might give Los Blancos the option to play with three centre-halves at the back more often in the coming seasons.

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