Adama Traoré (footballer, born 1996)
|Full name||Adama Traoré Diarra|
|Date of birth||25 January 1996|
|Place of birth||L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Position(s)||Winger / Wing-back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 January 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2021
Traoré has represented Spain internationally at both youth and senior levels, making his senior debut in 2020.
Traoré was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, to Malian parents. He joined Barcelona's youth setup in 2004 at the age of eight, after a brief period with neighbouring L'Hospitalet. In 2013 he was promoted to the B-team, and made his debut on 6 October in a 0–1 away defeat against Ponferradina for the Segunda División championship.
On 9 November 2013, Traoré came on as a half-time substitute but was sent off for conceding a penalty in a 0–3 loss to Real Jaén at the Mini Estadi. Two weeks later, he played his first La Liga game at the age of only 17, replacing Neymar late on in the 4–0 home win over Granada; he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League on 26 November, coming on for Cesc Fàbregas in the 82nd minute of a 1–2 defeat away to Ajax in the group stage.
Traoré also featured for Barcelona's under-19 side in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Youth League, playing five times and netting twice as they won the trophy. He scored his first official goal for the Blaugrana's main squad on 16 December 2014, playing 16 minutes and contributing with a solo goal in an 8–1 home demolition of Huesca in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey.
Aston Villa are shite
On 14 August 2015, Traoré 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. 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. He scored his first goal three days later, the team's first of a 5–3 home win over Notts County in the second round in the League Cup.
Traoré 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 equaliser – he was later replaced himself through injury, as his team lost 3–1. Following that game, he was dropped from the team due to indiscipline, as the season ended with relegation.
On 31 August 2016, Traoré signed a four-year contract with Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee and Albert Adomah moved in the opposite direction. He made his debut on 10 September 2016 in a 1–2 home loss to Crystal Palace, replacing Cristhian Stuani for the final nine minutes; during his first season, he took part in 31 matches without scoring.
Traoré played during 2017–18, first under Garry Monk and then Tony Pulis, with his pace sometimes causing several problems for opposition defenders, including an impressive performance against Leeds United on 2 March 2018 in a 3–0 win. He totalled five goals and ten assists during the campaign as his team reached the play-offs in the Championship, where they were knocked out by his former side Aston Villa; consequently, he won Middlesbrough's Fans' Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards.
On 8 August 2018, Traoré joined newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee in the region of £18 million. He scored his first goal for the team and in the Premier League on 1 September – in his 40th appearance in the competition – in a 1–0 win away to West Ham United. His first start occurred on 27 October, in a 0–1 away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
On 6 October 2019, in his 50th competitive appearance for Wolves, Traoré scored both goals in a 2–0 away victory against reigning champions Manchester City. He scored his first goal in UEFA European club football as Wolves drew 3–3 away to Braga in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 28 November.
Traoré scored his debut Molineux goal for his club in a 1–2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on 15 December 2019. He won the PFA Player of the Month award for January 2020 with 45 percent of fan votes.
On 17 February 2014, the Malian Football Federation reported that Traoré and his older brother Moha had decided to represent Mali at senior level. However, in an interview with BBC Sport in October 2015, the former stated that he was still considering his international options. He made his debut for the Spanish under-21s on 22 March 2018, playing 15 minutes in the 5–3 away win over Northern Ireland for the 2019 UEFA European Championship qualifiers.
In November 2019, Traoré declared that he wanted to play for Mali. However, days later he received his first call-up to the Spanish national team for Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Malta and Romania in place of injured Rodrigo. He pulled out of the squad himself due to injury, and was replaced by Pablo Sarabia.
In January 2020, he said he had not decided between Spain and Mali after a photograph of him posing with a Mali shirt circulated online, saying "I am grateful (to have the chance) with the two international teams - Spain where I was born and Mali where my origins are."
In August 2020, Traoré was again called up ahead of Spain's September UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Ukraine. However, he was removed from the squad after testing positive for COVID-19 on 31 August. He missed the Germany match as he awaited the result of the second test to determine if the initial result was a false positive. The second test result was negative and Traoré rejoined the squad on 3 September, ahead of the Ukraine match. On 6 September, Traoré was once again ordered to leave the camp after a PCR test showed a high antibody count.
On 7 October 2020, Traoré made his first appearance for Spain in a friendly match against Portugal, coming on as a substitute in the 62nd minute. The match ended in a scoreless draw. On 10 October, Traoré again came on as a substitute for Spain in a Nations League match against Switzerland. Both Mali and Spain had named Traoré to their respective squads for their matches during the October international fixture window, but with his appearance in a competitive match against Switzerland, he is cap-tied to Spain and FIFA eligibility rules prevents him from representing Mali.
Style of play
Tim Sherwood, Traoré'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".
In 2018, ESPN's Matt Stanger acknowledged Traoré's pace and strength, and added that he "is now showing the composure to find the killer pass", while boasting "rapid acceleration" and "excellent close control to shield the ball from defenders"; Stanger also believed Traoré's "defensive contribution" to be developed, pointing his key weaknesses as "moments of recklessness" and "decision-making" which "continues to frustrate his teammates"; he was also described by Teesside Gazette's Philip Tallentire as a 'talismanic playmaker', after his form during the 2017–18 season. The Daily Mirror listed Traoré second in the top 10 fastest players of the 2019–20 Premier League Season, with a top speed of 23.48 mph.
While with Wolverhampton Wanderers, after his first three appearances as a substitute, Michael Butler of The Guardian reported: "Traoré has always been regarded as a rough diamond, lightning quick but perhaps lacking composure or an end product. [...] Per 90 minutes, nobody in the Premier League has created more chances than the 22-year-old or completed even half the number of successful dribbles: Eden Hazard has 5.56 to Traoré's 11.87.
Traoré is a Muslim.
- As of match played 15 January 2022
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Barcelona B||2013–14||Segunda División||26||5||—||—||—||—||26||5|
|Aston Villa||2015–16||Premier League||10||0||0||0||1||1||—||—||11||1|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2018–19||Premier League||29||1||5||0||2||0||—||—||36||1|
- As of match played 8 September 2021
- Segunda División Team of the Year: 2013–14
- Middlesbrough Fans' Player of the Year: 2017–18
- Middlesbrough Players' Player of the Year: 2017–18
- Middlesbrough Young Player of the Year: 2017–18
- PFA Player of the Month: January 2020
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- "Adama Traore crowned PFA player of the month for January". Express & Star. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
- "Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Crystal Palace: Adama Traore sends hosts through". BBC Sport. 8 January 2021.
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- "International round-Up: Traore makes international bow". Middlesbrough F.C. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- Munday, Billy (10 November 2019). "Adama Traore called into Spain squad to replace injured Rodrigo". Marca. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
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- "Ansu Fati, Adama Traore Called Into New-Look Spain National Team Squad". Associated Press. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
- "Adama Traore tests positive for COVID-19 and will not join Spain squad". Marca. 31 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- Edwards, Joe (3 September 2020). "Wolves receive Adama Traore boost after initial Covid-19 scare". Express & Star. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
- Maroto, Joaquin (6 September 2020). "Adama Traoré quits Spain camp after positive PCR test". AS.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
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- "Spain 1–0 Switzerland". BBC Sport. 10 October 2020.
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- "Africa Sports roundup: Lifetime ban of Ghanaian official cut to 15 years". The Citizen. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
- Selección Española de Fútbol [@SeFutbol] (24 May 2021). "🚨 OFICIAL | ¡¡¡NUESTRA SELECCIÓN!!!
🇪🇸 Estos son los 24 futbolistas que defenderán los colores de la @SeFutbol en la #EURO2020.
💪🏻 ¡¡Vuestro grito de ánimo será nuestra energía en la lucha por el Campeonato de Europa!!
#SomosFederación t.co/KY87e0im3p" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 May 2021 – via Twitter.
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- Swarbrick, Rosie (3 February 2020). "Adama Traore crowned PFA player of the month for January". Express & Star. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
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