The Mail is reporting that Rafa Benitez has made an enquiry with Middlesbrough for the fleet-footed 21-year-old Adama Traore, who started his career with his home-town club Barcelona in his native Spain back in 2004.
The thing that stands out when we watched this youngster last season playing for Middlesbrough, where he made 31 appearances for the Teessiders, is that he is very quick and extremely skilful.
However his play doesn’t always have an end product, so he is very much a player who needs to have some good coaching and direction to his play and he would get that with manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
21-year-old Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore
There are other Premier League clubs interested in the player who seems to have great potential – West Ham and Chelsea are two of them.
Rafa wants to add pace to his team for those quick counter-attacks and Traore certainly has pace and he could be an exciting signing for Newcastle, if we can get him.
The 21 year-old will be allowed to leave the club this summer, so it will be interesting to see how much he would cost.
He started his career with Barcelona, appearing mainly for the Barcelona B team and two years ago he signed on with Aston Villa and when they were relegated last year he moved to Middlesbrough.
Adama joined Aston Villa on a five-year deal in 2015 for a reported £7M that could rise to £8.5M with performance-based bonuses and Barcelona inserted a three-year buy-back clause in that contract.
He has represented Spain at U-16, U-17 and U-19 levels and we would assume Rafa knows a lot about this player from his many contacts.
Adama usually plays on the right wing but he can also play on the other side.
He played four times with one goal for Barcelona and then 12 times with one goal for Aston Villa, before making 31 appearances for Middlesbrough (24 in PL) last season without scoring.
What do you think?