Comparing Adama Traore’s 2021-22 stats to Tottenham’s wing-backs

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore controls the ball during the Premier League match against Brentford Wolves won 2-1, 22 December 2022, Brentford Community Stadium.

All oiled up, Adama Traore might just be about to slip right into Tottenham Hotspur’s starting XI. He has long been of interest to Spurs and, according to The Times, Antonio Conte’s side are closing in on a deal.

Conte’s obsession with stockpiling as many wing-backs as possible has led to Spurs heating up their dogged pursuit of Wolves’ marauding wingback-cum-winger-cum-one-man-attacking-titan.

Now, if the Times’ report is correct, seems as if only a matter of time until Spurs get their man – and he could be a vital part of Conte’s attempt to get the club back into the Champions League, providing a constant threat on the counter-attack that Spurs often lack.

But, presuming he will be played as a wingback, his inclusion would mean one of Spurs’ other relatively new signings in that area will miss out.

To shed some light on what he’ll bring that the others do not, we’ve compared Traore’s 2021-22 stats to those of Tottenham’s other players in the position. Note: only Premier League stats have been taken into account.

Goals:
Adama Traore – 1
Sergio Reguilon – 1
Matt Doherty – 0
Emerson Royal – 0
Ryan Sessengon – 0

Assists:
Sergio Reguilon – 3
Matt Doherty – 1
Emerson Royal – 1
Ryan Sessengon – 0
Adama Traore – 0

Shots per 90 (on target)
Matt Doherty – 3.04 (0.76)
Adama Traore – 1.94 (0.51)
Sergio Reguilon – 0.79 (0.2)
Ryan Sessengon – 0.41 (0)
Emerson Royal – 0.36 (0.07)

Dribbles per 90 (success rate)
Adama Traore – 5.21 (72.9%)
Matt Doherty – 1.54 (66.7%)
Sergio Reguilon – 0.99 (37.5%)
Emerson Royal – 0.8 (68.8%)
Ryan Sessengon – 0.8 (28.6%)

Fouls won per 90 minutes
Emerson Royal – 1.88
Sergio Reguilon – 1.2
Adama Traore – 1.1
Ryan Sessengon – 0.4
Matt Doherty – 0

Passes per 90 minutes (success rate)
Emerson Royal – 46.9 (79.4%)
Matt Doherty – 43.1 (78.3%)
Sergio Reguilon – 35.3 (74.6%)
Ryan Sessengon – 22 (32.4%)
Adama Traore – 20.6 (74.5%)

Chances created per 90 minutes
Adama Traore – 4.22
Matt Doherty – 3.04
Sergio Reguilon – 2.84
Emerson Royal – 1.96
Ryan Sessengon – 1.22

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore during the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Manchester. Monday January 3, 2022.

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Tackles won per 90 minutes (success rate)
Emerson Royal – 1.96 (45.79%)
Ryan Sessengon – 1.6 (50%)
Matt Doherty – 1.54 (52.04%)
Sergio Reguilon – 1.26 (54.31%)
Adama Traore – 0.76 (75.25%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Ryan Sessengon – 3.6
Emerson Royal – 1.96
Sergio Reguilon – 2.32
Matt Doherty – 1.15
Adama Traore – 0.34

Clearances per 90 minutes
Emerson Royal – 2.68
Ryan Sessengon – 2.4
Sergio Reguilon – 2.38
Matt Doherty – 1.54
Adama Traore – 0.17


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