Adama Traore was ‘banned from paying club fines’ after a list of offences got ‘out of hand’ according to reports on Thursday.
Former Middlesbrough player Stewart Downing has revealed that Adama Traore was late so much that he was banned from paying fines due to the money he was constantly forking out.
Traore, who’s now at Barcelona, played alongside Stewart Downing at Boro for two years after joining in the summer of 2016 from Aston Villa.
The pacey footballer doesn’t appear to be the sharpest says Downing who claims that the Spaniard was always late despite only living two minutes round the corner.
Every club has a fining system for different offences, and boy did Lampard have one that captured everyone’s attention when managing Chelsea, but it seems that Traore became such a regular feature on the late list that his payments were waived.
Speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of their 5-A-Side bet on England v Switzerland, Downing was questioned who was fined the most.
He said: “One player comes to mind straight away when I think of the biggest culprit for club fines: Adama Traore.
“A great, great lad, but he had absolutely no sense of time. He didn’t drive, and he lived right next to the training ground so he’d come to training on his little scooter, and he’d always be late. We’d all be travelling from 40 minutes or so away, he’s two minutes around the corner and he was always late.”
Downing remember of a time that Traore failed to turn up for the team coach despite being in the training ground earlier the same day.
“One time he went home for an afternoon nap and we were leaving on the coach for a game later on in the day. Garry Monk just told the driver to leave him because he wasn’t waking up!
“He was a really good lad and we all tried to help him as much as we could – we’d just be saying “Adama, come on… just set your alarm on your phone.”
His antics got so bad in the end the players decided to stop fining him as they clearly weren’t having an effect. “I think he just liked paying fines! In the end it got too out of hand; we decided between us we just couldn’t take the amounts of money from him that he was having to pay us in fines.
“We couldn’t just keep fining him, it clearly wasn’t working, so we just had to literally drag him on the bus. He was a great lad, but he just had zero concept of time.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona are eager to keep Adama Traore beyond this season but are ‘unwilling’ to pay the option-to-buy clause agreed in January, according to reports.
The Wolves winger signed for Barcelona on loan with an option to buy in the winter transfer window.
After taking 19 appearances to register his first goal contribution of the season for the Premier League club, Traore provided an assist on his Blaugrana debut.
He has impressed in Spain, getting four assists in his first five games for the La Liga giants; however, Barcelona are reluctant to pay €30m to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent basis, as per Sport (via the Express).
Traore ‘wants to continue’ at the Nou Camp, with it now up to Wolves what will happen in the summer.
Barca player Francisco Trincao is currently on loan at Molineux – with the Catalans keen on a straight swap – though the Portuguese playmaker has not impressed in England, though is hoping to turn his form around after getting an assist and goal in the 3-2 defeat against Leeds.
TRAORE’S MATCHES FOR BARCA
League – 06-02-2022 – Barcelona 4 : 2 Atletico Madrid – 61 mins played – 7.73 rating – MOTM and ASSIST
League – 13-02-2022 – Espanyol 2 : 2 Barcelona – 90 mins played – 8.42 rating – ASSIST
UEL – 17-02-2022 – Barcelona 1 : 1 Napoli – 65 mins played – 6.72 rating
SLLeague – 20-02-2022 – Valencia 1 : 4 Barcelona – 9 mins played – 6.11 rating
UEL24-02-2022 – Napoli 2 : 4* Barcelona – 74 mins played – 8.05 rating – MOTM and TWO ASSISTS
League – 27-02-2022 – Barcelona 4 : 0 Athletic Bilbao – 82 mins played – 7.1 rating
League – 06-03-2022 – Elche 1 : 2 Barcelona – 15 mins played – 6.94 rating
UEL10-03-2022 – Barcelona 0 : 0 Galatasaray – 80 mins played – 7.29 rating
UEL17-03-2022 – Galatasaray 1 : 2* Barcelona – 45 mins played – 6.42 rating
League – 20-03-2022 – Real Madrid 0 : 4 Barcelona – 10 mins played – 6.23 rating