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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Eurosport, Leeds United have expressed interest in Adama Traore. The Wolves attacker is reportedly keen on leaving the Molineux in this ongoing January transfer window, with the player being valued around £50 million. It has now put Leeds on red alert, with the club’s director of football, Victor Orta, in particular, keen on securing his services.

Adama Traore’s Fall From Grace This Season

A year ago, Adama was regarded as one of the biggest attacking talents in the Premier League. His physicality and sheer pace made him quite an asset for Wolves, and the attacker was destined to make a huge impression not only in England but also in Europe.

However, Adama’s progress at the Molineux this season has been thwarted due to multiple reasons. The addition of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona, in particular, has seen his game-time limited, with the player only starting in ten Premier League matches this season.

The player himself has struggled to perform when given the chances. In fact, the former Barcelona man is yet to score a single goal in 17 league matches while notching up just one assist, thus matching the tally of Semedo, who identifies himself as a right-back.

It has left Adama frustrated, with the player reportedly seeking a move away from Molineux in an attempt to revive his career and earn a place in the Spanish team for the upcoming European Championship this summer.

Leeds United have expressed interest in Adama Traore - He had a difficult season so far.
Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on February 01, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Is Adama A Viable Target For Leeds United?

Leeds United already have a strong depth in their attacking unit, boasting the services of the talented Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo. They also have Helder Costa, Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts as potential backups, although the latter has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this January.

In that regard, Adama might find it difficult to become a regular fixture in the Leeds United starting eleven despite all his proven quality. Especially in his preferred right-wing position, the Spaniard is unlikely to oust Raphinha, who is seemingly becoming one of the Premier League’s rising stars this season.

It is also fair to point out that Poveda has made great strides towards his development. In fact, some Leeds fans have been calling for him to earn a start following a series of impressive performances off the bench. Hence, Adama may not be the ideal target for the Whites at the moment, especially considering his receding form and £50 million price tag – making him a major risk.

Instead, Leeds United should prioritise a move for a new central midfielder who can provide cover for Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich. They could also welcome a new striker to compete with Patrick Bamford in the number nine slot.

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