Adama Traore Profile
|Born||Jan 25, 1996|
The speedy Spaniard has proven that he isn’t just a pace merchant in recent years, becoming an integral part of the Wolves side.
Adama Traore is a Spanish professional soccer player who plays on the wing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
The attacker started his career at Barcelona where he worked his way up from the youth ranks.
Traore was part of the Barcelona youth set-up from the age of eight, joining in 2004, with his performances and development allowing him to progress into the B team by 2013.
Traore made his debut for Barcelona B in October 2013 and it wasn't long until he was promoted to the first team. He made his debut in November, replacing Neymar in a 4-0 win over Granada CF.
In the same month, he also made his Champions League debut, aged 17, as he replaced Cesc Fabregas in the final minutes of a group stage defeat to Ajax. In the 2013/14 season, Traore scored seven times in all competitions, as well as assisting six goals.
The Spaniard would thrive in the following campaign, appearing 37 times for Barcelona B, scoring three and picking up 14 assists. He also scored his first goal for Barcelona's main side in an 8-1 drubbing of Huesca in the Copa del Rey in December 2014.
However, despite his clear potential, Traore left Barcelona and joined Aston Villa in August 2015.
Failure for Villa, revival at Middlesbrough
Traore moved to Aston Villa with high expectations, having been bought for £7million. He made his debut for the club eight days after pen met paper.
He had an immediate impact, assisting an own goal for Crystal Palace's Pape Souare. Despite losing 2-1, his creativity and imagination saw him become an instant hit with the Villa fans.
In the same week, during an EFL Cup fixture against Notts County, Traore scored his first and only goal for the club in a 5-3 win.
As his Villa career was just getting started, it would be dramatically halted as he suffered a metatarsal fracture against Sunderland in January 2016. This, along with his indiscipline, kept him out for the rest of the 2015/16 season as Villa were relegated.
Folloiwing Villa's demotion, Traore was offered a contract at newly promoted Middlesbrough, where he signed a four-year deal which saw Albert Adomah move in the other direction.
After having a season ruined by injury, Traore performed admirably for his new club, participating in 27 Premier League games and 31 matches in total. However, he failed to score a single goal, despite his pace causing significant problems for opposition defenders.
Boro were relegated and it was in the Championship where Traore truly found his form.
In the 2017/18 campaign, the Spaniard scored five goals and was involved in 10 assists, producing some standout performances as Boro made the play-offs. They went on to be knocked out by Traore's former club, Aston Villa.
His efforts earned him the Middlesbrough Fans' Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards, as well as a move to Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2018. This was a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee in the region of £18million.
Star in Wolverhampton
At Wolves, Traore would play his best soccer, with his quality starting to become recognised.
He scored his first Wolves goal in a 1-0 victory over West Ham United on September 1, which would turn out to be his only successful strike of the season. However, despite scoring considerably less in comparison to other attackers, Traore makes up for it with his blistering pace and creativity, as well as his strength, bringing these key qualities to his side.
In the 2018/19 campaign, Traore helped his side achieve Europa League football for the following term and it was in this competition where he would perform at his best.
His goal against Braga in November 2019 secured a precious away point in the group stages while he also scored away at Espanyol to secure his side's place in the Round-of-16.
As well as aiding their impressive run in Europe, Traore also performed in the Premier League, scoring six goals and contributing 12 assists. He also scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Manchester City in October 2019, with his debut goal at Molineux coming against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2019.
Although he isn't the greatest scorer of goals, the Spaniard continues to impact games positively, and is a key player in the Wolves team. On May 9, 2021, he made his 100th Premier League appearance for Wolves, scoring his 10th goal for his club in a 2-1 win against Brighton.
Traore has appeared for Spain at youth and senior level, working his way up from the U16s. Although he has had a high number of call-ups, the Spaniard has either had to pull out due to injury or, more recently, COVID-19.
Although he has been a part of the Spanish set up from the age of 16, Traore only made his senior debut in October 2020, appearing in a friendly against Portugal.
Traore could also have played for Mali and both countries had named him in their squad for the international fixtures which took place in October 2020. However, once Traore had featured for Spain in a Nations League match against Switzerland on October 10, he can now only play for the Spanish team.
Traore earned a call-up to Spain's Euro 2020 squad and appeared once, in the 5-0 victory over Slovakia.
Adama Traore's personal life
Traore was born in Barcelona to Malian parents - mother Fatoumata and father Baba. Due to his dual nationality, Traore had many opportunities to represent Mali internationally, however he eventually chose Spain.
Traore was awarded FIFA 19's World's Fastest Player award, having been ranked as the fastest player in the world by EA FIFA rankings.
Traore has two siblings, a sister and a brother called Moha. Moha is also a professional footballer and currently plays for Cornella in the Spanish third tier.
Adama Traore's net worth
Adama Traore's net worth is reported to be £2million.