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Newcastle Reported After Exciting And Talented Spanish Winger

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?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    He seems to be a bit of a ‘Jonah’ when it comes to relegation – twice in 2 seasons!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 23, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    How can he be “extremely skilful” if there’s no end product?

  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Outstanding player, better than anyone we have. Throw money at him.

  • kakaobi

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Get Graham Carr back he’ll sort that deal out

  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #5

    and the list goes on and on and on

  • Tim the toon

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Seen this guy play a couple of times – great pace, but no end product. Think we could do a lot better than this player.

    Have a feeling that the club will announce transfers as pre-season starts – which is also when the European window opens.

  • Jib

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #7

    He was signed for Boro by Aitor Karanka.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Linked to every one – signed no one!

    Stinks of Fatash/Penfold penny pinching – reducing outlay and getting as much back prior to selling up?

    Rafa wanted players in early to adapt and gel as a team – this is increasingly unlikely and does not bode well for the coming season

  • chrisbrown23

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa wanted players in in time for pre season. That’s still 10 days away. If we make signings today or next weekend makes literally no difference. People just need to chill out.

  • expatmag

    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Exacrly……no end product. Would rather stick with Aarons

  • expatmag

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone else think that signings will be cheap, loans or freebies just to see us through this season safely until the big money comes in at the end of the season?

    So far, we have Thauvin and Mbabu out for £11 million plus £6 million from Spurs for the next instalment of Sissoko fee.

    That is offset by the purchase of Atsu and likely Lejeune.

    We have seen the return from loans of Dejong Saveit, Riviere, Krul, Woodman, Armstrong, with their wages bumping up the salary cost.

    Those salaries are offset by the sale of Thauvin Mbabu, the loan of Selz to Anderlecht and the release of Anita Ameobi Vuckic etc.

    In my opinion, we need to get rid of the deadwood and sell Krul Riviere Saveit Hanley Murphy Haidara, Lazaara and Colback. If we can eaise £20 million plus from that lot and another £30 million from our generous benefactor, we should be OK.


  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    we have no players at benton to gel with !!!

    Rafa’s said he wanted players in for the start of preseason which starts on the 3rd of july

  • lochinvar

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Can you hear the drums Fernando?
    I remember long ago another starry night like this
    In the firelight Fernando
    You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar
    I could hear the distant drums
    And sounds of bugle calls were coming from afar

    And of course we might have

    Boudezbouz Aha

  • nut meg

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Tremendous pace / dribbling skills but after that……next to nowt.

  • hibbit

    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15

    morning /evening Expatmag
    plus whatever we got for winning the championship + one parachute payment of £41m then you add that the pot is starting to add up

    just my opinion
    but i think Ashley will be gone this summer and as long as Rafa gets the basics he will be happy knowing big money will be available in January


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