Traore the shining light as Wolves fall short at The Molineux.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers battles for possession with Mark Noble of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on April 05, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Nuno Espirito Santo' saw a poor performance from his side, especially in the first half as they conceded three goals inside 38 minutes at home. 

All three of the goals could have been avoided from a Wolves point of view, if they put a foot in. Jesse Lingard and Jarrad Bowen terrorised the Wolves back four in the first half with the ball at their feet, as the home side just couldn't make a tackle.

Despite the poor performance, Wolves came on strong in the second half, with Adama Traore being at the forefront of it. His performance is one of the very few positives that Wolves can take from this game.

  • Picked up his first assist of the season 

One of the many talking points about Traore this season is his lack of end product, and more importantly, his lack of numbers. Before coming into this game he had not scored or assisted all season long. 

Despite making 49 clear cut chances throughout the season, his team mates had been unable to get on the end of any of them, until tonight. Traore broke from inside his own half and avoided the challenge of six defenders before picking out the arriving Leander Dendonker in the box.

This assist was one for Wolves fans to feast their eyes on, as it would have reminded them about last season. An inch perfect cross with his weaker left foot, left the West Ham defenders scrambling as the Belgian arrived to head home. 

  • Switching sides

Once again, especially in the second half, Adama and Pedro Neto caused the Irons defence some issues. The removal of Daniel Podence seemed to allow Neto more freedom to drift into the centre of the field.

Traore and Neto switched sides constantly and caused issues for Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell as they couldn't mark them out of the game.

The two full backs did that relatively well in the first half and reduced the number of chances that the winger were able to create. However in the second 45, Adama was allowed a lot more space to pick the ball up and drive at the back four of the visitors. This caused issues for West Ham and was the driving force for Wolves' second half resurgence. 

  • Positive for the future

The glimpses that Traore showed tonight are positives for the future if he can continue to build from here. There has been many times this season where Traore has shown glimpses but failed to kick on.

However this time, Wolves fans will be hoping for a different result. Traore tonight got his side up from the ground, when they were down and out, something we haven't really seen from him. 

Nuno will be hoping that now he is off the mark in terms of contributions, his confidence will grow and he will be able to contribute more often. It is widely known that the winger is a confidence player, and when he is full of confidence, is almost unplayable which is what fans of the midlands club will be hoping for. 

VAVEL Logo