Adama Traore transformed from skinny Barcelona teen to Premier League powerhouse

Adama Traore has achieved one of the most impressive body transformations in football to go from a light-weight winger to a Premier League powerhouse.

The Wolves wideman has now made 121 appearances in the division after spending time in the Championship with Middlesbrough, earning transfer links to both Manchester City and Liverpool among others.

Traore produced 100 dribbles in the league last season with numbers only beaten by Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle, producing 150 crosses as well as taking 43 shots at goal.

While defenders may now fear the strength of the 25-year-old, there was a time in which Traore would not have been able to push many opponents off the ball.

Traore made his Barcelona B breakthrough back in 2013/14 with five goals across 26 appearances, nine years after joining their famous La Masia academy at the age of eight.

The Barcelona-born forward made his La Liga debut at the age of only 17 the same season, and would score once across his four first-team appearances before joining Aston Villa for a reported £7million.

Following their relegation, Traore played for two seasons with Middlesbrough before his £18million move to Wolves in 2018, where he has been one of their key performers.

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During those moves around England, supporters noticed that Traore had far more muscle mass than he had on his arrival from Spain – and he insists it has not been from lifting weights.

He told La Sexta back in 2020: "My gym work is guided by the personal trainer who takes me.

"But I don't do weights. My genetics are like that and it makes my muscles grow very fast."

According to the Wolves website, Traore weighs 11st 5lbs (72kg) and is 5'10" (178cm) in height.

Many Premier League bosses have come out to praise Traore in recent seasons, with Pep Guardiola saying: "This team, when you let them run, they kill you. The pace, with Semedo from behind, but especially from Adama and Pedro Neto."

With Jurgen Klopp saying: "They defended deep with a lot of players and go for counter attacks and it’s really difficult as there’s no-one as quick as [Adama] Traore.”

Traore has been known to oil up his arms before matches to stop opponents grabbing onto him – having admitted that an injury to his knee held him back as a teenager.

He said: "It is a balance of everything. My physical change, evolution, has also been out of necessity.

"When I was 15, I had knee problems with tendinitis that did not let me play my game or explode with my speed. Then I began to strengthen in the gym.

"I was very explosive and needed to do more specific work to avoid injuries."

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