Tottenham are set to revive their interest in Wolves winger Adama Traore, as manager Antonio Conte plots move in the January transfer window.
The north Londoners were close to signing Adama Traore in the summer, but Wolves cancelled the deal. The speedy wide-man has since stayed at Molineux, playing18 times in the Premier League under new boss Bruno Lage this season. He came off the bench earlier this week to help the Wanderers beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.
The Spanish international, 25, rejected a number of fresh contract offers from Wolves, and while there has been talked of a new deal, no progress has been made of late. The Wanderers are happy to let Traore, who has 18 months left on his contract, leave in this window if their £20million valuation is met.
Now, Spurs manager Antonio Conte and managing director Fabio Paratici are considering a fresh approach that could see Matt Doherty return to Wolves in a part-exchange deal.
Antonio Conte eyeing a new wing-back at Spurs
Antonio Conte is currently trying to get Spurs back into the top four. The team has shown improvements in recent weeks, with Conte finding success so far with the 3-4-2-1/3-4-3 system. There is a long way to go for Spurs to get back towards the top end of English football, but the signs are promising.
The Italian tactician has quickly managed to tighten the Spurs backline since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo. The wing-backs have been key to Conte’s system, providing width and energy to the team’s attack.
Emerson Royal has nailed down his position at right wing-back under Conte, showing greater understanding and flexibility in the team now than he was doing on Nuno’s side. However, there’s a lot to be desired going forward from the Brazilian, who has practically faced no competition from Matt Doherty for a place in the starting XI.
That being said, Conte wants to add some attacking quality at right wing-back in this transfer window and has set his sights on Adama Traore.
Is Adama Traore the right fit in Conte’s system?
Predominantly a right-winger, Adama Traore is not alien to playing at wing-back having operated in that position many times under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves. He has the speed, drive and physicality to play at right wing-back in Conte’s system at Spurs and would be an instant upgrade over Emerson Royal, at least from an attacking standpoint.
To put things into perspective, the Spanish international may not have shone for Wolves so far this season but he could arrive at Spurs as an impact signing. He can be unplayable on his day and will get a chance to improve his decision-making and end product under an astute tactician like Conte. The 25-year-old’s imposing presence on the right flank might be fundamental for Spurs on their quest to get their hands on some silverware.
That being said, Tottenham must make a renewed attempt to sign Traore from Wolves.
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