Luis Enrique has implied that Adama Traore’s maiden Spain appearance could be the first of numerous after he dazzled on his international debut in a friendly with Portugal.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger fell off the seat to supplant Sergio Busquets soon after the hour mark in Wednesday’s goalless draw and immediately prevailed upon the Spain supervisor with his second-half appearance.
The winger set up a decent objective scoring open door for Dani Olmo, who could just fire directly at Traore’s Wolves colleague Rui Patricio.
‘Adama has been Adama in his purest form,’ Enrique said. ‘That is what we want him to be, with his ability to beat opponents. He has played a killer pass to Dani Olmo that did not lead to a goal.
‘With one player they will not be able to stop him. They are going to have to use two players.’
Traore’s international future has been under question having also been called up by Mali prior to the international break – he is eligible to play for both countries.
Regardless of his Spain debut, he could even now change faithfulness to Mali should he wish to, as he won’t be secured to La Roja until he plays a serious game, which could come for the current week when Spain takes on Switzerland and afterward Ukraine in the Nations League.
Having spoken to Spain all through his childhood, the 24-year-old’s introduction has come belatedly on his third call-up, having recently passed up a great opportunity with an injury before the Covid pandemic prompted cover delays.
Regardless of the goalless draw at the Jose Avalade Stadium, Enrique guaranteed he was happy with his side’s assaulting show.
However, he was also left concerned with the open nature of the contest and Spain’s ability to dictate the game.
‘People cannot be sad today for not having seen goals,’ the Spain boss said. ‘It was fun. We created that, and who scores interests me very little.’
‘Sometimes we do not read the game well. We have phases in which we lose control. I do not like that the games go crazy.’