The Spanish National Team just announced this week their new call-up squad for the next upcoming games. Among the absences, we must point out Adama Traoré. It should not be a surprise to anyone who has been following his season. However, I consider this to be the right moment to explain who is the authentic Adama. That corpulent winger who shined last campaign and earned a spot in the national team, was an exception. An anomaly regarding to his career.
Adama Traoré was formed at the Barça academy and started his professional trajectory at Aston Villa. He joined the Middlesbrough at the age of 20 a year later than signing for the ‘Villians’. His performances during two consecutive seasons in the Championship convinced the Wolverhampton Wanderers to hire him in the summer of 2018.
Adama has been the main character in the club since then. His explosiveness and speed have been two key factors in order to make him succeed in the Premier League. However, he has never been a player who stands out for his intelligence on the field. One of his biggest weaknesses is the decision making. He tends to be too impulsive with the ball and always looks to make runs towards the finishing line to make crosses with his dominant foot.
He is not too technical either, which adds up to the lack of surprising factor on his actions. All in all, he is a winger who can overcome his opponents easily thanks to his physical power, but he is not too productive. All of this has been proved in the last few months. He has zero goals and zero assists in the 2020-2021 campaign. Adama is going through a negative run that invites to think that his blow-up last season was just an illusion.
We can actually say that this is Adama´s real version. He is 25 years old, his prime time for a player in his position is coming up and he does not seem ready to take a step forward. Maybe he just does not have the potential that people thought he had. It will be a matter of time to test that.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.