Noel Whelan has suggested Tottenham could sign a ‘second striker’ in Wolves winger Adama Traore and feels he would complement Harry Kane.
Tottenham are rumoured to be interested in signing the 25-year-old this month, with reports claiming a bid of around £20 million will be tabled in the coming weeks.
Spurs attempted to lure Traore to North London last summer under the brief spell of Nuno Espirito Santo, but were unsuccessful in matching Wolves’ alleged £50 million valuation.
Traore has found himself in and out of contention this term and, despite making 18 appearances in the Premier League, has yet to record a single goal contribution for the West Midlands outfit.
However, it has been suggested that Spurs boss Antonio Conte wants to bring in the Spaniard to play at right wing-back to improve his side’s play in the wide areas.
But former Premier League striker Whelan believes Traore has the ability to operate in a more advanced role and even feels he could form a solid working partnership with talisman Kane.
He told Football Insider: “This is a player who could really excite the Tottenham fans. I think he’d excite any fans, to be quite honest, with the way he plays.
“You’re looking at players that can make an impact on the game and create. I think he’s really brushed up on his final ball, his creativity and finishing style.
“At one stage there was a lot of pace and power but not really an end product. I think that has really improved over the years.
“He’s got that calmness now, but at the same time that explosiveness that gets you off your seat.
“When you watch him, he’s a very exciting player. A player who I think would work and would thrive on the opportunity to play at a bigger club in the Premier League.
“You could probably put him through the middle at times to be that second striker they’re looking for behind Harry Kane. He would cause havoc up there.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Traore definitely splits opinion because his attacking numbers are not good at face value. But if you dig deeper and watch him, he is a very dangerous threat to opposing sides with his ridiculous pace and strength, and Conte may see that as an asset. At wing-back, he could be excellent, but there are big question marks about his ability as a striker.
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