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With only one loss in their last six league outings, this was the ideal opportunity for the Wolves to lay down their credentials.
By all accounts, this has been a steamy campaign for Oro Viejo. Nuno Santo has rarely had many difficulties in his tenure at Molineux, but this season has been full of them.
With many injuries and their failed attack, Nuno’s men have been closer to relegation than to achieving their ultimate goal of European football.
Against a shy Newcastle team, it was a performance that showed everything that went wrong with this Wolves team. Last season, they surely would have pushed the magpies aside.
His fast counterattack football style would have been no match for a stiff Steve Bruce team. However, his side stood his ground this time and even took the lead.
Took Ruben Neves’ four goal in ten games for the Wolves to take a lone point after drawing 1-1, but if there was anything positive beyond that, it had to be Adama Traore.
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In an otherwise tame display, the winger was rampant and is now beginning to crawl into his prime again. The Spaniard provoked the goal against Leeds just over a week ago, bouncing a tremendous shot from the crossbar that came from Illan Meslier and then found the net.
Although he was unable to score at St James’ Park, his performance typified the skills he has brought to the Premier League since arriving from Middlesbrough.
We know Traore has what it takes to beat a man, but even he defied his usual standards on Saturday night. In all, the 25-year-old was successful with a total of 14 Dribble of 19 attempts. That count happened to enhance the best of his season. nine dribble in a game.
He spun Toon’s right-back, Emil Krafth, as he was outclassed in no less than four occasions by the rampant Traore.
It was a day to be forgotten for the Swedish defender who found life incredibly difficult against the Spanish international.
However, that was not the only positive of his departure. Traore set the tone for an extraordinary display with four key passes leading to scoring opportunities, a tally that once again turned out to be his the best of the campaign.
The striker is often a bulldozer on the wing and used his appalling levels of strength to prowl his opponents. During the contest, he won a colossal 19 ground duels, a tally that beat the Lobos’ next best player (Jonny) in this department by a total of 13.
This was a fascinating outing from Traore, one that meant that he is now well and truly back.
All the Wolves star needs now is to find the back of the net. Surprisingly, it is still to do in the Premier League this season.