Amidst speculation linking Adama Traore with a move to Tottenham, Noel Whelan has stated that the winger would be ‘a perfect fit’ for the North Londoners.
Traore is now into the final 18 months of his contract at Wolves and it has been reported over recent days that the speedy wide man could be Antonio Conte’s first signing at Spurs.
The Italian allegedly sees the Spain international as being a perfect fit for the right-wing-back role in his system at Tottenham.
The Telegraph have claimed that Wolves are open to cashing in on the winger this month as they look to raise funds to fund moves for Bruno Lage’s targets.
Some sources have alleged that the 25-year-old could be available for as little as £18m this month.
Whelan believes that Traore would be an absolute bargain for Spurs at the aforementioned price, with the pundit insisting the Wolves man has improved in the final third recently.
The former Leeds United forward told Football Insider: “When you’re talking about signing game-changers and match-winners from the bench, wow, Traore is the perfect fit.
“He can produce something from nothing. That’s the excitement about him – the unknown, the power, the way he can drive past players and brush them off.
“He’s proven in the last few years now that he’s not just a one-trick pony. There never used to be any end product to his game, but now he’s improved that. He picks the best pass a lot more often now.
“And that is what will have caught the eye of managers like Antonio Conte. By all means, £18m for a danger man and super-sub like Traore – that’d be a real luxury for Spurs.”
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Traore seems to split opinion among Spurs fans, with some seemingly worried about his lack of end product while others see him as a player who can make things happen.
I firmly belong to the latter category as I think the 25-year-old would be an exceptional impact substitute to have even if he does not nail down a place in the starting eleven.
Even if he does not pick up too many goals or assists, his pace and ball-carrying ability could help push the team up the pitch and could also create more space for the likes of Kane and Son.
If Conte believes that he can convert Traore into a wing-back, that is an even more exciting prospect, considering how many times we manage to switch play and isolate our wing-backs one vs one against the opposition full-backs in the final third.
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