Adama Traoré (footballer, born 1996)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Traoré and the second or maternal family name is Diarra.
Adama
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Adama playing for Barcelona B in 2012
Personal information
Full name Adama Traoré Diarra[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-25) 25 January 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
Number 37
Youth career
Hospitalet
2004–2014 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Barcelona B 63 (8)
2013–2015 Barcelona 1 (0)
2015–2016 Aston Villa 11 (0)
2016– Middlesbrough 17 (0)
National team
2012 Spain U16 5 (0)
2012–2013 Spain U17 5 (1)
2013–2014 Spain U19 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:10, 09 February 2017 (UTC).

Adama Traoré Diarra (born 25 January 1996), known simply as Adama, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Middlesbrough.

He started his career with Barcelona, appearing mainly for the reserves. In 2015 he signed with Aston Villa, and a year later Middlesbrough.

Adama represented Spain at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia to Malian parents,[2] Adama joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2004 at the age of eight, after a brief period with neighbouring CE L'Hospitalet.[3] In 2013 he was promoted to the B-team, and made his professional debut on 6 October in a 1–0 away defeat against SD Ponferradina for the Segunda División championship.[4]

On 9 November 2013, Adama came on as a half-time substitute but was sent off for conceding a penalty in a 3–0 loss to Real Jaén CF at the Mini Estadi.[5] Two weeks later, Adama played his first La Liga game at the age of only 17, replacing Neymar late on in the 4–0 home win over Granada.[6] Three days later he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League, coming on for Cesc Fàbregas in the 82nd minute of a 2–1 loss at Ajax for the group stage.[7] Adama also featured for Barcelona's Under-19 side in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, playing five times and scoring twice as they won the trophy.[8]

Adama scored his first goal for the Blaugrana's main squad on 16 December 2014, playing 16 minutes and contributing to an 8–1 home demolition of SD Huesca in the Copa del Rey.[9]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 14 August 2015, Adama joined Premier League club Aston Villa on a five-year deal for a reported £7 million (€10 million) that could rise to €12 million, with Barcelona inserting a three-year buy-back clause in his contract.[10] He made his debut eight days later against Crystal Palace, and his cross led to an own goal from Pape Souaré eight minutes after he had entered the game as a substitute for Carlos Sánchez.[11] He scored his first goal three days later, the team's first of a 5–3 home win over Notts County in the League Cup second round.[12]

Adama came on as a second-half substitute for the last-placed Villans away to relegation rivals Sunderland on 2 January 2016, and via a counter-attack he assisted compatriot Carles Gil's aerial volley equalizer. He was later replaced himself through injury, as his team lost 3–1.[13] Following that game, he was dropped from the team due to indiscipline,[14] as the season ended with relegation.

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Adama signed with Premier League team Middlesbrough on a four-year deal, under compatriot manager Aitor Karanka.[15] He made his debut on 10 September 2016, in a 2–1 home loss to Crystal Palace, replacing Cristhian Stuani for the final nine minutes.[16]

International career[edit]

On 17 February 2014, the Mali Football Federation reported that Adama and his older brother Mohamed had decided to represent Mali at senior level.[17] However in an interview with BBC Sport in October 2015, Adama stated that he was still considering his international options.[18]

Style of play[edit]

Tim Sherwood, Adama's manager at Villa, compared him to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he had "a bit" of both. Catherine Wilson of ESPN FC credited his "athleticism", though also remarked that his "footballing brain and teamwork skills are definitely up for debate".[19]

Personal life[edit]

Adama's older brother, Moha, is also a footballer.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 February 2017[21]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2013–14 Segunda División 26 5 26 5
2014–15 Segunda División 37 3 37 3
Total 63 8 63 8
Barcelona 2013–14 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 La Liga 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
Aston Villa 2015–16 Premier League 10 0 0 0 1 1 11 1
2016–17 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 11 0 0 0 1 1 12 1
Middlesbrough 2016–17 Premier League 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 93 8 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 97 10
  1. ^ Appearance in UEFA Champions League

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Barcelona

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mis padres llegaron de Mali en los 80. Yo soy de Barcelona..." ("My parents arrived from Mali in the 80s. I am from Barcelona..."); Diario AS, 24 February 2012 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Adama Traore, juvenil de primer año, puede ser la gran novedad del Barça B el sábado (Adama Traore, first-year juvenil, may be Barça B surprise Saturday); Sport, 4 April 2013 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Ponferradina – Barça B: Un penalti condena al filial (1–0) (Ponferradina – Barça B: Penalty condemns reserves (1–0)); FC Barcelona, 6 October 2013 (Spanish)
  5. ^ "FC Barcelona B v Real Jaén: Bad luck in front of goal (0-3)". FC Barcelona. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Granada pay the penalty; ESPN FC, 23 November 2013
  7. ^ Ajax claim Barcelona scalp to stay in contention; UEFA.com, 26 November 2013
  8. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Los suplentes culés también cuentan" [The culé backups also count] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Adama Traore: Barcelona winger joins Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Crystal Palace 2–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Aston Villa 5–3 Notts County". BBC Sport. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Young, Chris (2 January 2016). "Sunderland 3 Aston Villa 1: Jermain Defoe double secures priceless win". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Will Adama Traore start for Aston Villa? Here's what Eric Black has to say on the matter". Birmingham Mail. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Deadline day: Aston Villa's Adama Traore joins Boro". Middlesbrough F.C. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Karanka on Adama Traore: 'I never bring a player in just to be on the bench'". Gazette Live. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Barca's Adama Traore to play for Mali". Super Sport. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Aston Villa's Traore in no rush to decide international future". BBC Sport. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  19. ^ Wilson, Catherine (18 January 2017). "Boro would miss Traore's tenacity, urgency if he were sold to Chelsea". ESPN FC. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Mali viene a buscar a Adama" [Mali comes to get Adama] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  21. ^ Adama Traoré profile at Soccerway
  22. ^ "First Youth League title goes Barcelona's way". UEFA.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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