Traore "sticking to responsibilities", says Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo says the improvements visible in Adama Traore are what he and his staff target from each and every one of the Wolves players.

The Spaniard has made impressive progress in his second season at Molineux, with his match-winning brace at Manchester City a fortnight ago his finest moment at the club. However, the improvement process is one in place to benefit the whole squad, according to Nuno, who also shed some light on injuries ahead of his team’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

On Traore’s development

“He’s doing well. Since last season, he’s been trying to always progress, be better. He’s a hard-working boy and that’s what he’s got to do, stick with his responsibilities, on a daily basis improve himself, and hopefully he’ll become better.

“He’s a very good player, we brought him from Middlesbrough knowing that he has things that we didn’t have and can make us a more well-balanced squad.”

On improving all his players

“The moment the players comes to us it’s the first thing we look at, how we can improve, make the player better so he can help the team. Adama can be better than he is now, but you cannot define the level.

“This is how we work, our philosophy from the beginning, first we look at how the player fits in our idea and transform him to do what we expect from him. Everyone at the club does everything we can improve so our fans are happy with the team.”

On his players’ injuries

“We had some issues. Players that came from their national team, Leander was struggling with some problems, Romain, Diogo, Pedro, Jordao, we had some problems we had to manage.

“We’ll give them space and time to recover so they can help the team. Some of them will be inside of the game (against Southampton), others not. We’ll have to wait and see.”

On Jimenez resting up

“We had Raul, he stayed with us and had some days here and some time to rest. Now he’s working hard again, ready for tomorrow.”