Traore started the current campaign in the same fashion that Wolves fans know the best: terrorising defenders, setting up opportunities for his teammates and being labelled as one of the Wanderers’ biggest threats.
But a run out of the starting line-up alongside a period of limited numbers of the bench and making no impact when called-upon saw Francisco Trincao first choice as the other attacker to join Raul Jimenez and Hee-Chan Hwang.
His powerful figure threaded into the Burnley half from a defensive corner before firing a right-footed effort against the crossbar in the game's only clear cut chance.
Why is Traore so hot and cold?
It remains unclear what the main reason is. His influence on Bruno Lage’s side is second to none. Traore’s ability to shake off anyone who dares to challenge the Spain international and break into any available space is something no one else at the club, or league, can do as well as he can.
His end product remains a problem though. Currently in his fourth season at the club, Traore has only managed to find the net 10 times in 147 appearances – that’s 0/09 goals per 90 minutes.
His finishing isn’t the strongest part of his game. Since moving to Wolves from Middlesbrough in 2018, Traore has managed only 37 shots on target from his 126 attempts (29.4%).
Currently, we are less than halfway through the season, Traore boasts his highest passing accuracy (74.9). The return of Raul Jimenez has lifted the spirits amongst the playing staff at the club, with an almost depleted feeling in the second half of last season.
There continue to be rumours linking him to clubs elsewhere, Liverpool one of the most recent ironically, but the ball does remain in Traore’s court.
What does the future intale?
Traore’s contract at Wolves expires in 2023, leaving both parties just over a year to come to a conclusion on his future.
Yesterday’s performance against Liverpool certainly provides Wolves more reason to give him whatever demands he has...