Joleon Lescott says Wolves winger Adama Traore’s strength and pace would see him “easily” fit in at Liverpool or Lescott’s former side Manchester City.
Spaniard Traore progressed significantly under boss Nuno Espirito Santo this season. Indeed, that culminated in several unmissable moments, including three goals against former Premier League champions City.
As such, several reports have hinted at interest from Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp could be looking to add more firepower and strengthen while on top after winning the Premier League.
What’s more, Nuno admitted uncertainty about the winger’s future earlier this summer.
Now, Lescott believes there is nothing stopping the winger securing an exciting move away ahead of next season.
“Adama Traore has the ability to play for any side in club soccer,” the former defender told soccer Index. “Traore could easily play for a Manchester City or Liverpool.
“I have never seen such speed and strength on a soccer pitch before.
“Before this season, there were question marks over his game management and his final product, but he has really improved over the last 12 months.”
Lescott explained how learning how to better utilise his pace has helped Traore impress.
“Traore has simplified his game and has taken his foot off the pedal,” Lescott added. He used to sprint at his absolute fastest to beat defenders which meant he had no time to deliver a telling cross or shot.
“He now beats defenders only running at 80% which has given him that extra bit of time he needs to make the position count with a goal or assist. He was a star in the Premier League this season.”
WHERE COULD TRAORE GO?
A move to City looks unlikely for Traore. Pep Guardiola’s side confirmed the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday.
For Liverpool, however, they lack strong back-up to their famed front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Nuno said of the winger in June: “He must keep working. Adama is a special player, he is unique, and I think when he is on the pitch he already has an impact on the game.
“Of course he has things to improve and then after that it is our decision how we use players and manage the team in the game plan and the moment.
“The momentum and the moment we are in after three months of activity. We have a lot of things to judge on and try to make the right decisions.”
Traore could feature on Thursday as Wolves continue their Europa League campaign. They host Olympiacos in the second leg of their last-16 tie.
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