Wolves should stick with Adama Traore because he can become their main man – just like Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace.
That’s the verdict of George Ndah, who knows a bit about pacy forwards. Having played for both clubs, Ndah has watched both players at close quarters and has been excited by Traore.
The Spaniard was until recently Wolves’ £18m record signing before he was overtaken by £32m Raul Jimenez. But the jury remains out on him as he strives for the consistency to match his electric pace.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo hasn’t found him a regular place in the team and he has made just eight Premier League starts since joining from Middlesbrough last August.
Traore has played right wing back in his last two Premier League appearances, starting in the 2-0 defeat at Burnley before coming on for Matt Doherty in the position in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Southampton.
Ndah is urging fans to have patience over the former Villa flier because he is convinced the 23-year-old will become as valuable to them as Zaha.
The 26-year-old is due to make the 300th League appearance of his career this Sunday, when Palace go to Arsenal, and has become a talisman for the Eagles.
“People have got to understand that when you’re that fast, it’s difficult to process everything at that speed, so he has to learn to slow himself down as well, because the pace he’s going at is unbelievable,” Ndah told www.wolvesbite.com
“In time, he will find his pace. It’s a bit like Wilfried Zaha. Zaha is not as quick as Traore, but when he was younger, he was very inconsistent.
“But now he’s mature, he’s got that end product and now he’s putting consistent performances together.
“That will happen with Adama so I urge the Wolves fans to be patient because he’s a fantastic talent and I’m sure he will fulfil his potential at Wolves.
“He’s only a young player so he’s still got a lot to learn but the potential of him is huge. It’s frightening.”
Asked if Traore could become as important to Wolves as Zaha is to Palace, Ndah, 44, said: “I think so. Listen, when you’ve got pace like that, defenders can’t do anything about it.
“You can’t defend against it – you can’t stop it. You can’t teach what he’s got, so as he continues to develop, keeps listening to the manager, and once he gains that consistency and works hard, then in three or four years’ time, it will be frightening what he can achieve.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him then.”
Ndah believes Traore will become a top Premier League player.
“He can be whatever he wants to be, because of that pace,” added the Londoner. “No matter where goes, if he plays against Manchester City or Barcelona, no one is as quick as him.
“As long as he learns to harness it and uses it at the right time, it’s so damaging, it causes havoc.
“That’s what people want to see and that’s what people pay the big bucks for, players like him.”
Ndah was lightning quick but reckons Traore is the fastest footballer he has ever seen.
“He must be the quickest footballer in the world. Pace was my game, so I like to watch players like that who lift the crowd,” he added.
“When they get the ball, there’s an anticipation – people are excited to see what he’s going to do because they don’t know, whether he will go to the left or the right.
“He just sets alarms off with his pace so that’s what fans want to see, players with speed going past people.
“He actually embarrasses some people with his pace, so he can go on to whatever he wants to achieve.”