Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed why Adama Traore has started oiling his arms and legs with the winger having taken the unusual method to gain an advantage on opposition full-backs.
Traore is amongst the most unique talents in the Premier League with his blend of almost unmatched pace and power, opposition sides having resorted to all forms of tactics to halt the Wolves flying machine when he hits top gear.
The 25-year-old was at his rampaging best during Wolves’ 1-1 draw at Newcastle last weekend as he completed a huge 14 dribbles, more than any other player has managed in a single fixture across Europe’s top five leagues this season.
Football fans have now noticed the unusual steps Traore has taken to gain an advantage with the winger having oiled his arms and legs before recent fixtures, with Nuno revealing the tactic is designed to make the Spain international more ‘slippery’ and difficult to grab hold of.
“It’s not my idea but it is a good idea,” Nuno told his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Man City.
“It’s very hard to stop Adama, his arms become more slippery so he can make the most of his speed and talent. It can be useful.
“It was a fantastic idea by the medical department who suggested it because it came from an injury to his shoulder that was caused by defenders holding his arm. It was to avoid that and he has kept doing it.”
Traore has shown signs of returning to his best form in recent weeks and has completed more dribbles than any other Premier League player in 2021, whilst he is the joint-third most fouled player in the division behind only Jack Grealish and Wilfried Zaha.
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