July 15, 2024

Wolves could yet re-sign ‘ferocious’ 27-year-old Lopetegui never wanted to lose

One month ago, Adama Traore left Wolves at the end of his contract – but maybe it’s possible he could come back.

The winger left the club along with Diego Costa and Joao Moutinho, after signing back in 2018 and making 194 appearances for the club.

He is one of the most unique players in football with that incredible pace and power. Indeed, Breaking the Lines say the 27-year-old has ‘breakneck pace’, ‘ferocious strength’ and ‘has been a thorn in the side of opposing defenses for years now’.

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His end product never really got to the level it should have been at.

But at the very least, Traore was a menace for defenders to deal with. He would always occupy defenders – sometimes two or three at a time.

For one reason or another, Wolves did not reach an agreement with the player to extend.

Traore is now officially no longer a Wolves player. But there are a few reasons why it’s not out of the question he could ultimately extend

Adama Traore could potentially still re-sign for Wolves

Wolves haven’t been very active on the incomings front this summer so far.

But one player they have brought in would potentially help Traore if he came back.

Dave Edwards pointed out that Traore suffered after Matt Doherty left the club back in 2020. The Republic of Ireland international is now back at Molineux, and has already produced a couple of lively pre-season displays.

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Traore may look at him and yearn for the good old days of when they linked up, with Doherty tending to make the run from out to in, and affording Traore more space.

And then there is Sasa Kalajdzic returning to the first-team picture.

The striker cruelly suffered an ACL injury on his debut last season.

But he’s back now, and Wolves fans are excited to see him in action.

He is obviously a huge aerial threat given he is 6ft 7in, and he would, in theory, be a great target for Traore, who is primarily known for getting to the byline and delivering crosses into the box.

They are not always accurate. But Traore’s crosses that would previously be just a bit too high for his target would potentially be right on the money for Kalajdzic.

Since Traore left Wolves a month ago, there have hardly been any reports about his next destination.

It is strange to think there might not be much interest in him given how unique he is and the fact he’s a free agent.

Him re-signing for Wolves shouldn’t be ruled out.

Julen Lopetegui said back in March that he wanted Traore to stay. Although he didn’t always start him, the 56-year-old was definitely a fan of his and regularly turned to him in games.

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Wolves actually never wrote anything for Traore on their official website like they did for Joao Moutinho and Diego Costa.

He kind of just went out of the back door, and it suggests that Wolves haven’t given up trying to re-sign him.

Matt Hobbs did say at the end of last season that the club were still in talks to tie the player down to a new deal.

Maybe Traore will ultimately sign for another club. But it’s difficult not to think about him having one last dance with Wolves the longer he remains a free agent.

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