Wolves boss Bruno Lage says Adama Traore could still have a future at Molineux and he would be happy to welcome him back in to his squad next season.
Traore’s time with Wolves would appear to be over. The speedy winger has just one year remaining on his current contract and there is no sign of him penning a new one. He has turned down all offers so far and a move seems to be the only way forward.
A switch to Barcelona has not worked out either. The 26-year-old’s loan spell at the Nou Camp is set to come to an end. And there is no chance of Barca paying the £25million needed to make it permanent.
Traore has had to settle for a bench role with Barca, who are not interested in keeping him. Traore will return to Molineux, but for how long exactly remains to be seen.
Reports suggest that Wolves officials will look to move him on. Even if that means taking a hit. They paid Middlesbrough £18million back in 2008 but will not get that back.
However at least they will be able to recoup something. This time next year he would be able to walk away for free. Lage does not sound too concerned about that prospect though.
The Wolves boss would be happy to have him in his squad for next season.
“I don’t have any problem with him, he’s a good professional,” Lage told reporters. “It’s about him. There are a lot of things in question and we need to understand what is best for the club and what is best for the player.
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“If he starts the season with us, it’s one more player. He would need to work hard and I am here to help him to be better.”
Meanwhile Lage also believes Traore left at the wrong time. He was rediscovering his best form and could have played a key role in the team. However the chance of a dream move to Barca was too good to reject.
Wolves have lost 10 of the 16 games since he left. But Lage says it is impossible to say whether Traore would have made a difference.
“The last games he played for us he gave us the impact we needed. He scored goals and made assists,” Lage added. “We will never know what he could have given to us if he stayed, all I can say is that when he left it was when he was in a good moment with us.”
Adama Traore dilemma
Wolves are faced with a bit of a dilemma. Moving Traore on may seem the sensible choice, but a case can be made for keeping hold.
Traore at his very best would be a big asset for Wolves next season. If he was scoring and creating goals then Wolves would arguably be better off keeping him. Their position in the Premier League would be worth a lot more than the transfer fee they will pick up this summer.
But of course Traore would have to be focused and contributing. And as is often the case with players in the last year of their contract, they raise their game. The fear of potentially ending up without a club spurs them on. They are playing for their future.
The danger is he doesn’t perform, spends his time out of the side and leaves for nothing. Lage believes he can get the best out of him again though so it could be a risk worth taking.