ADAMA TRAORE has terrorised defenders this Premier League season by packing a punch with his new bulked up physique.
Go on to the Wolves winger’s Wikipedia page and you are greeted with a photo of a skinny, lanky, somewhat awkward looking teenager.
The Spanish speedster was just 16 when the snap was taken, but seven years on it is clear to see he has bulked up by packing on loads of muscle mass.
Traore, 23, has always been known for his speed and trickery.
But incredibly it was as recently as this season that one prominent Twitter account said of him: “Adama Traore genuinely looks like he could be the best player in the world, until he has to cross the ball, or make a pass.”
The same cannot be said now – and the links to Spurs are proof of that.
His change, though, has coincided with his radical body transformation.
Traore signed for Barcelona in 2004 and progressed through the youth ranks before making his one and only appearance for the senior side in December 2014.
He was ultimately deemed not good enough though and the following year moved to Aston Villa.
Relegation forced him into a rethink and he signed for Middlesbrough before going down with them too.
You would have been forgiven for thinking he was cursed at that point but Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo clearly saw something building.
The Molineux gaffer authorised Traore’s £18million move in August 2018 and a bulked up physique has coincided with powerful performances on the pitch.
Traore flexed his biceps and triceps after Wolves’ 2-1 win over Norwich on December 21.
And he did it literally and metaphorically again when he produced a Man of the Match performance in the pulsating 3-2 win over Man City on Friday.
Traore score the first that day after Raheem Sterling’s brace and then dispossessed Benjamin Mendy on the byline before squaring for Raul Jimenez to net the leveller.
Pep Guardiola was unsurprisingly full of praise for the muscly winger after the game.
He said of Traore: “He is a motorcycle! It’s almost impossible. Nobody can handle this pace.”
Pace. Bulging biceps. And a killer instinct. Traore now has it all.