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Former Scotland international Alan Hutton has made a major admission about Adama Traore from when the pair were together at Aston Villa.
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Wolves’ season looks to have fully turned itself around in recent times as right before the international break, the west Midlands club made it three wins from three during regulation time in all competitions.
It culminated in the stunning scalp of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City as Nuno Santo’s men ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium.
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Not many could have predicted that as just a month before, Wolves were winless in the top-flight and had seen Chelsea trounce them 5-2 at Molineux.
The Spanish winger-turned-defender has played a massive part in changing their fortunes as he was the man to net a late brace against Pep Guardiola’s men, while he also provided the assist to salvage a point against Crystal Palace when they were staring down the barrel at another defeat.
Hutton has been impressed considering how the enigmatic 23-year-old performed during a spell at Midlands rivals Villa.
Speaking to Football Insider, the 34-year-old said:
“He’s a player I know well from Villa, he was so frustrating but so good. It kind of sums him up – he goes by people like they’re not there and then he’ll try to bust the net and the ball would go wild.
“You’d say to him: ‘Just slow down, slow down and pick the right option, you’re too quick, you’ve beaten the person so just slow down.’ It was frustrating but the two finishes there, that’s what he’s done.
“He broke through, slowed down, he composed himself and then slotted the ball in. I’m hoping that’s the turn for him, he’s played a lot recently. Hopefully, he’s got that composure now because he’s got everything.”
These latest comments from Hutton only go to show just how influential the Wolves boss has been in turning around Traore’s career.
During his stint at Villa Park, his former teammate claims he needed more composure and to calm down – well against City, he did precisely that as both his finishes were coolly slotted home.
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But that’s merely been the icing on the cake over his short but rapid journey this season.
During the summer, Nuno very nearly sold the Spaniard before converting him into a defender.
It is a position he’s been reborn in after providing two goals and four assists in all competitions, often keeping stalwart right wing-back Matt Doherty out of the side, having started just five Premier League matches himself.
Traore has definitely become a new man since his time at Villa between 2015 and 2016.