Adama Traore and the narrative power shift.
When tasked with describing Adama Traore as a nominee for the Wolves Fancast Player of the Season Award, and his footballing attributes, be it a fan of Wolves or football in general two words stand out – ‘Pace and Power’.
This description when previously described almost cut a derisory dig, ‘he’s just all pace and power’ then followed by the tag which has hung over his sizeable shoulders – ‘ no end product’.
Oh the much regurgitated no end product line where if you were playing commentator bingo it would be a repeated phrase which whilst some would argue was an unfair criticism, it has undoubtedly taken some time for him to shake off.
In the last couple of seasons another P has been added to the Pace and Power and that is Poise.
Adama has honed his undoubted physical attributes combining both pace and power with the intelligence and poise to deliver when needed, the right moment and the right time, time and time again.
Consigned to the memory, the image of Adama Traore bursting through and cutting a frustrated figure after a spurned chance or the failings of a team mate to keep up with him, Adama has found precision to great effect.
The producer and his captive audience
Adama Traore has been chief provider to the goal scoring exploits of Raul Jimenez this season, their partnership becoming the most productive in the Premier League this school term.
On and off the pitch players have literally been falling over themselves with praise to wax lyrical about Adama Traore.
For example Andy Robertson and Jan Vertonghen confirmed he was their toughest opponent, respectively with Jetro Willems of Newcastle proclaiming he was a tougher opponent than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jurgen Klopp called him unplayable, Pep Guardiola called him unstoppable and we’ve seen this season full backs take early first half substitutions in submission to his power.
It was a cloudy mid autumn afternoon at the Eithad Stadium that Adama finally announced himself not just to the Premier League, but the footballing world last October.
After keeping Raheem Sterling quiet as a right back in the first half against Man City, he turned from defender to attacker in the second.
Wolves showed the might of their counter attacking display, and Adama provided the killer blow with two goals provided by unstoppable pace and power.
It would see Wolves defeat the current Premier League champions and provide one of their most memorable victories in their Premier League history.
Adama Traore has controlled his narrative.
The Adama formerly known as no end product has kept producing and his influence has been felt by all, be it his team mates, fans, or opposition and is worthy of picking up the coveted Wolves Fancast Player of the Season award.
Adama Traore knocking down defenders, narratives and creating his own future of which we hope continues to be in the gold and black.
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