Chelsea are said to be linked with Wolves star Adama Traore, a player whose former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has said is harder to score than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel wants to sign Traore this month to play on the right wing in the absence of Reece James. The Englishman is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and Tuchel has identified Traore as the perfect replacement.
However, according to transfer expert Dean Jones, Chelsea will face Tottenham in the race to sign Traore. He said:
“Spurs have Chelsea competition for Adama Traore. They are not as advanced as Tottenham”
Traore’s speed, physical attributes and dribbling ability have made him a threat to Premier League defenders over the past three seasons. The Spaniard has yet to score or assist in the league during this campaign. However, he is still in high demand with some of Europe’s top clubs.
Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has given his thoughts on Traore and how he thinks the Spaniard will suit Tottenham. He explained:
“Playing as a winger is maybe the best thing for Traore. He doesn’t have much on a final product in my opinion. His record of goals and assists is not as good as it is. You might think so. Obviously he’s huge, he’s so well built he’s suitable for a defender. He’s also lightning fast to go along with the muscle. “
“I can see him at Tottenham and if Conte wants it you have to trust him. He could explode on the Tottenham stage if he takes a little self-confidence and has quality players around him. I think it’s a really interesting decision. “
Although he has mainly played as a winger for Wolves, Traore should be able to adapt seamlessly to the role of winger. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be able to beat Tottenham when the Spaniard signs this month.
“The player I fought the most against” – Vertonghen on Chelsea target Traore being more difficult to defend than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi