Huge things were expected of the supremely talented Adama Traore at Barcelona a few years ago.
The Spanish winger, who joined the Camp Nou youth setup at the age of eight in 2004, was widely regarded as a potential superstar.
“He has the potential to become an exceptional player,” Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter told Sky Sports after Adama completed a surprise move to Aston Villa in 2015.
“He is the kind of player which explain why people buy season tickets and why Sky have invested in the Premier League again. Okay, he’s not English, he’s from Spain and was born in Barcelona, but he’s frighteningly exciting.”
Despite his struggles at Villa Park, Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka – acutely aware of Adama’s talent – snapped up the winger on a four-year deal back in the summer.
And against Arsenal on Saturday, out on that right flank, the 20-year-old repaid his manager’s faith with an exceptionally dynamic performance, GiveMeSport reports.
On a couple of occasions, Adama roasted the Arsenal’s defence with his remarkable pace.
And in this particular sprint, the youngster apparently recorded the fastest sprint time of any Premier League player so far this season: 37 km/h, beating Moussa Sissoko’s record of 35.5 km/h.
Adama Traore (Boro) ha batido con este sprint contra el Arsenal el récord de la Premier: 37 km/h. Antes era de 35.5 km/h. 🏃🏻💨💨 pic.twitter.com/Eu7F6vYwgd
— Fran Montes de Oca (@MontesdeOcaFran) October 22, 2016
— Jay Lê (@ajshigeki) October 22, 2016
Adama Traore exposing Laurent Koscienly. Love it. pic.twitter.com/2WB6zZ5SjU
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