If the latest reports are to be believed, Newcastle United are plotting to make a move to acquire the services of Middlesbrough’s sensation, Adama Traore. The former Napoli boss is keen to increase the competition for places in the starting line-up, with Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu and Rolando Aarons all eyeing their chances.
We have compiled a brief SWOT Analysis of Traore’s likelihood of making a move to the Tyneside to let our readers decipher whether he would be an astute acquisition.
Arguably the most appealing characteristic which Traore offers is his ability of taking on defenders. The 21-year-old isn’t afraid to take on the opposition defenders he faces and his relentless motive to dribble past defenders, coupled with his raw pace, enable him to more often than not muster incredible take on success.
He always looks keen to make something happen in the final third and is versatile enough to be deployed on either wing.
Having talked about his positive aspects, we must underline that his ineptness whilst passing the ball around hasn’t gone unnoticed. The former Aston Villa man could plunder only an unsatisfying average pass accuracy of 69.9% in the English top flight last term and this is an aspect he needs to really work on. With just one assist and no goal to his name last season, a predominant attacking winger like him will have to better himself very soon if he is to play regularly for a top flight club.
Moreover, in order to become a complete package, a player needs to contribute to the defensive duties as well and frankly speaking, Traore hasn’t pleased the football fraternity in this regard either.
He has had disciplinary issues too and it is about time to for him to carve a sense of calmness and composure and ensure that he maintains his cool and doesn’t get carried away by the heat of the circumstances.
Despite Boro’s relegation, Traore was one of the silver linings for the club and no wonder a promoted club like the Magpies are hovering over him to lure him to St. James’ Park. He has decent Premier League experience and thus, would be decent option on the wings for Benitez. The Spaniard is one of the hottest prospects in the game and if he is shown the right direction, he has the calibre to thrive in the top level.
By no means whatsoever is Traore a finished product and is arguably miles away from being one. He might be a tricky young winger with enormous potential, but he does he is yet to redeem the best out of himself. He lacks the end product and is yet to reach the pedestal of being a disciplined footballer.
With Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu to compete with, he needs to hit the ground running if he is to have any chance of playing regular football.
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