Souness claims 'near miss' Traore has 'found his level' with Wolves

Graeme Souness claims Adama Traore has ‘found his level’ at Wolves because he’s a ‘near miss as a footballer’ and does not have the final product to earn a move to a Big Six club

  • Graeme Souness has insisted that Wolves wideman Adama Traore is ‘a near miss’
  • Traore has been linked with a major move because of his pace, flair and trickery
  • Spurs made an offer but Roy Keane said he can see why clubs would think twice
  • Livewire Traore showed his dribbling skills again as Wolves took on Man United 

Graeme Souness has called Adama Traore a ‘near miss of a footballer’ and claimed that the Wolves livewire will not join a ‘Top Six’ club because he is not clinical enough.

Fleet-footed Traore has impressed in Wolves’ opening three matches of the Premier League season, catching the eye while failing to match his immense pace and skilful dribbling with goals and assists.

That frustration continued as he wreaked havoc without reward against in the first half of Manchester United’s visit to Molineux on Sunday, and Souness says he too often leaves fans disappointed with his end product. 

Wolves and Adama Traore (R) impressed while failing to score again as they played Man United

The first half of the Premier League clash finished goalless despite Traore’s rampages forward

Souness told Sky Sports: ‘He’s a near miss as a footballer. He gets you on the edge of your seat but time and time again you’re going to shake your head at the misses he has.

‘There’s not a lot of goals, not a lot of return. He gets you excited but to play for a big team you’ve got to be better than that and I think he’s found his level here.’

Traore’s astonishing speed and consistent menace have seen the Spain star linked with a move away from Molineux, with Sportsmail revealing that Tottenham are eyeing a bid after failing with a loan offer for the 25-year-old.

The lightning-heeled wideman has been clocked as the second-fastest player in the Premier League this season with an astonishing top speed of 22.12mph, but his wastefulness from promising positions has also stood out for a side yet to score a league goal.

Graeme Souness has said that Traore does not carry the end product to tempt Top Six suitors

Fellow pundit Roy Keane said clubs would think twice about making a move for Traore, explaining: ‘I can see what they’re looking at but I can also see why they’re not going put the money down.

‘[Scoring is] the most important part of football and these [have been] great chances. These are chances you have to score.

‘This level is fine lines. You can look at all the stats and say, “okay, shots on target, crosses, opportunities created” – but you have to put the ball in the back of the net and that’s why they’ve had a tough start to the season.’  

Wolves performed well in a pair of 1-0 defeats to Leicester and Tottenham in their opening matches of the campaign.

Traore tormented United in the first half of Wolves’ Premier League game on Sunday, embarking on seven dribbles as Bruno Lage’s side failed to score again in the opening 45 minutes. 

Fellow pundit Roy Keane said clubs would think twice about making a move for Traore

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