Traore was on top form against United at Molineux on Sunday with a blistering performance but could not help his side find a goal as Mason Greenwood’s late strike settled the match
Imagine if he could finish. Or pick the right pass. Or press with a bit more vigour.
What a player Adama Traore would be.
Of course, he CAN finish. He CAN pick the right pass. He CAN press with vigour. Just not often enough.
There is a manager out there who is going to get a world-beater in Traore – Wolves fans can only trust it will be Bruno Lage.
With the link to Tottenham Hotspur weakening and Deadline Day looming, the odds are on Traore staying at Molineux.
Anyhow, unless the price was ridiculously extravagant, it would be madness on Wolves’ part to sell such an explosive talent.
When it comes to describing Traore, Jurgen Klopp has a favourite word.
And that is what the Spanish international was for spells of this contest.
Here is another word.
As in unfathomable that he does not cause more mayhem, inflict more damage.
It does not help when his good work is wasted by others, the otherwise decent Francisco Trincao scuffing one great chance presented by Traore.
And the understandable rustiness of Raul Jimenez means a once-profitable relationship is taking time to rekindle.
But that does not mean Traore, who has just seven league goals in over 100 appearances for Wolves, cannot be a frustrating operator.
He is not wasteful, he is just not clinical.
Alas, that applies to this Wolves team, in general.
They produced numerous opportunities, mainly on the counter-attack and while David de Gea was in excellent form, too many of those chances were spurned through the home team’s own inadequacy.
That is now well over 50 attempts at goal in three Premier League games and no goals scored.
There is only one outcome to that sort of ratio and it duly arrived in the shape of Mason Greenwood’s late winner.
In his search for an equaliser, Lage decided it best to replace Traore, which was a little odd yet probably symptomatic of how frustrating the 25-year-old can be.
But one thing is for sure.
Frustrating or not, Wolves need to make sure this is not the last time he is seen in their colours.
Because the world-beater in Traore will eventually come good.