Wolves warn they will “protect” Adama Traore like Tottenham Hotspur fought for Harry Kane
As per the Mirror, Wolves boss Bruno Lage has claimed he is in no rush to lose forward Adama Traore, warning Tottenham Hotspur that they will ‘protect’ the player just like Spurs fought to keep their talisman Harry Kane last summer.
Traore has been a not-so-secret weapon for Wolves since their promotion to the Premier League, releasing him in situations when they require his blistering pace and strength to win them games. His performances with the club have seen him linked to a few top teams and even earned him a national call-up to represent Spain.
With the winter transfer window open, Lage insists that Traore is not seeking a transfer away from the Molineux, claiming that the player is always focused and ready to help the team whenever called upon.
“I don’t see any difference in his behaviour, his mentality or the way he works. He is focused and ready and the way he jumped from the bench and helped the team with his first goal is a good example of Adama and the relationship between me and him.”
Spurs managed to hold on to Kane last year despite the player being interested in a move to defending Premier League champions Manchester City. Comparing the situation with Kane’s transfer situation the previous season, Lage insists Traore, unlike the Englishman, is not agitating for a move.
Antonio Conte has been desperate for signings this month in an attempt to strengthen his squad, and the Italian seems to have identified the 25-year-old winger as an ideal fit. The Lilywhites manager can deploy Traore either as an option at right wing-back or right-wing.
Despite the Wanderers signing another winger this week, Lage insisted he has no intention of losing Traore, despite Spurs making an initial bid of around £15m, which was promptly rejected. The Spain international is out of contract next year and has turned down a new deal at the Molineux.
“I don’t know how much they offered. I will not talk about money. I remember how much Tottenham protected Harry Kane their main striker in the beginning of the season. We will protect our player because we believe a lot in Adama.”
Traore has long been linked to Spurs, with the club trying to get him ever since the previous summer when we recruited Nuno Espirito Santo as the new head coach. The former Wolves man was keen on bringing the player along with him to N17 but was unsuccessful in his attempt.
Conte is now in charge at Spurs, and the manager seems to have targeted Traore as the man to help him bring silverware to North London. Traore is a man of peculiar talents and could develop into a juggernaut under the right manager.
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It is no secret that Conte thinks that the squad needs a rebuilding, with the Italian vocal about the club needing to back him this month. We can hope that Daniel Levy lends a helping hand to our manager, who has a penchant for regularly delivering success at clubs he’s worked at.
Conte is a proven winner if you look at his track record, and Traore could be the first of many signings he requires to take us back to the top and compete for trophies regularly. The winger is certainly not a bad first buy, with pace, strength, and experience in the Premier League proving set to be important traits to help us in our quest for glory.