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Nuno throws down gauntlet to Traore

6th January 2019, 16:24 by Craig Smithson

Adama Traore has been warned by Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo that he needs to improve his game in order to play more.

Forward Traore, who signed for £18million from Middlesbrough, has scored just once and provided no assists since his summer move.

Traore produces less than one cross and just 0.7 key passes per appearance for Wolves.

In 55 top-flight games for Villa, Boro and Wolves he has just two assists and managed just nine shots on target.

Traore is likely to start in Monday's FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool and Nuno wants more from the ex-Barcelona youngster as he prepares to add Abraham to his squad.

He said: "Adama must improve, of course he has good things and given us good moments but he has to be consistent through all the performances. This is something we are really focused on because we truly believe in his qualities.

"I think he is focused, he is working hard and we are helping him to achieve what we want. He needs to improve on a lot of things, like all the players.

"But I know what he's going to give me, total availability to do his task.

"He brings an element of speed, unpredictability, quality and at the same time he must improve in all the aspects of the game.

"Players who play in the last line of the pitch, the most difficult line to play, have to have these characteristics. Talent, this is what you expect from them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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