Former Aston Villa and Manchester City defender Micah Richards has paid tribute to Wolverhampton Wanderers star Adama Traore.

This comes after the winger has been impressive for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side so far this season.

Wolves star Traore managed to bag a brace during the club’s shock 2-0 victory over Manchester City earlier this month.

“I played with Adama Traore at Aston Villa and he was amazing. I tried to race him one time – I thought I was a quick defender – and he gave me about ten yards. Rookie error!” said Richards as quoted by BBC Sport.

“It’s nice to see things paying off for him. He has been written off a few times and now he can go on and enjoy his football.”

Richards will know Traore well as the two played together whilst they were on the books of Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old’s career has undergone an upward trajectory since he left the Villans in 2016.

Traore appears to have become a solid performer under the guidance of Nuno and he has the potential to get better considering that he has not even reached the peak of his career.

During Traore’s spell with Villa, he struggled to churn out good performances on a regular basis.

He went on to make 20 appearances for the club during the 2015/16 season and failed to find the back of the net.

The player was largely ineffective during their most recent 1-1 draw with Southampton at Molineux this weekend, however, he will likely play an important role for Nuno’s side going forward.

Wolves would have been hoping to get the better of the Saints especially considering that they are a side whom they are capable of getting three points against.

Wolves have shown some promising signs this season as was seen during their win against City, however immense improvement is still needed if they hope to replicate what they managed to achieve last season.


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