According to The Mirror, Wolves will sign Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore this summer, but it will cost them more than his £18 million release clause.
Hit and miss
Traore joined Middlesbrough from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 for a fee of around £7.4 million.
However, for much of his time at Boro, he failed to impress. In the 2016/17 season, Traore made 27 Premier League appearances for Boro.
In that time all he could manage was one assist, which if you go back and watch it, was actually just a really bad shot that turned into a pass.
Middlesbrough would then be relegated at the end of the 2016/17 season with Aitor Karanka receiving the sack in March 2017.
This allowed Garry Monk to take charge at Boro for the beginning of the 2017/18 Championship campaign.
Unfortunately, though, Monk proved ineffective both at getting Middlesbrough into the top six and also at being able to get the best out of Adama Traore.
Traore had little to no end product. The Spaniard had no problem taking it past four or five players at a time but as soon as it came to crossing or shooting he proved useless.
Monk would then be sacked on the 23rd of December with Tony Pulis being appointed as Boro’s new manager on Boxing Day.
The Pulis effect
When Tony Pulis took over at Boro everyone excepted Traore’s time at Middlesbrough to be over as he isn’t really what you would call a Pulis type player.
However, quite the opposite took place. Pulis was the first manager to actually get anything out of Traore and by the end of the 2017/18 season, the winger was one of Boro’s star men.
Traore finished the season with five goals and 10 assists, nearly all of those contributions coming in the second half of the season under Pulis.
Traore was also a huge part of why Boro were able to make it into the playoffs, despite such a horrible start to the season.
But given his excellent second half of the 2017/18 season, Traore could well be set to leave Boro this summer for a Premier League side.