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Opinion: Wolves reportedly have £18m target who could save Adama Traore’s Molineux career

When it comes to football analysis, we can all be guilty of over-thinking things. Guilty of trying to find a complex answer to a simple…

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When it comes to football analysis, we can all be guilty of over-thinking things. Guilty of trying to find a complex answer to a simple question. 

When Adama Traore’s productivity plummeted during the 2020/21 season, we wondered if the jet-heeled Wolverhampton Wanderers winger was proving himself to be little more than a one-hit wonder. A flash in the proverbial pan. 

Perhaps, as his tally of assists dropped from nine to just two, his head had been turned by a summer of speculation. Were contract talks taking their toll? But, then again, maybe the reason was a little more obvious; A classic case of missing the wood for the trees.

Seven of Traore’s career-best tally of nine assists in 2020/21 laid on goals for none other than Raul Jimenez. In fact, there was not a more potent attacking partnership in the whole of the Premier League that season (WhoScored). 

So, when Jimenez fractured his skull just weeks into the following campaign, Wolves not only lost their top-scorer, they lost the man who put away so many of the chances Traore created with those barnstorming, bull-in-a-China shop runs down the wing. 

“He is a very good player,” Jimenez said of Traore back in 2019; The high-flying Robin to his ruthless Batman. 

“This year, I think he is doing great things.” 

Wolves miss the Adama Traore-Raul Jimenez partnership

The news of Jimenez’s latest lay-off ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Leeds United, then, means Wolves fans will have to wait if they are hoping to see the Mexican and the Spaniard roll back the years in 2022/23.

What’s more, there is still a chance that Traore could be sold before the September deadline. There are fewer than 12 months left on his contract after all.

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But if Traore does stay, perhaps he could once again form one of Europe’s most effective partnerships, albeit with another actor in the Batman role. According to Sky Sports, Wolves are one of eight Premier League sides who scouted the £18 million-rated Strasbourg targetman Ludovic Ajorque during the shock 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday. 

6ft 6ins Ajorque scored 12 Ligue 1 goals last season. No fewer than six of those came with his head. 

Wolves’ new targetman

It is no secret, meanwhile, that Jimenez is not quite the same irrepressible force of old in the air; Thanks largely to the bulky headband he is now forced to wear after that sickening head injury. 

“Sometimes he touches the ball and it goes in a different direction,” coach Bruno Lage explains. “It is a big change. 

“He does not feel any different inside. But the band does not give him the same power and direction. It is a big change. We cannot forget that.” 

The arrival of Ajorque at Molineux, however, would give Wolves a genuine aerial presence once again. Another Batman to Traore’s Robin.

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