Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore only joined the club from Aston Villa last summer, but following Boro’s relegation to the second tier, attempted to orchestrate a move to French side Lille.
No such switch materialised, and the former Barcelona youngster will remain with the Teessiders until at least January.
If Traore still wants the move by the new year, then all he can do for now is perform on the pitch and ensure that clubs remain interested in acquiring his signature once the winter window rolls around.
A red card in a 0-0 draw with former side Villa resulted in a three match ban, which will come to an end after Boro take on Fulham this weekend.
Despite his hot-headedness in the match however, Traore is proving that he is an extremely adept player at Championship level.
Stats compiled by The Ninety Two on Twitter reveal that the player has completed an average of 6.8 successful dribbles per game, more than double the next highest scorer – Cardiff’s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – who averages 3.
Most successful dribbles per game in the Championship this season:
1. Adama Traoré – 6.8
2. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – 3
3. Barry McKay – 2.9 pic.twitter.com/GA8JJflMER
— TheNinetyTwo (@TheNinetyTwo_) September 21, 2017
Skillful with quick feet learnt at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, Traore is proving his ability, and teams struggle to get the ball off the wily winger.
There is no doubt that Traore can play at a higher level than the Championship, and the winger is certainly beginning to prove this with his dribbling stats.
6.8 successful dribbles per game is an astonishing record, as proven by how far ahead of his peers he is.
The winger could have a change of heart in January if Boro look destined for an instant return to the Premier League, and manager Garry Monk will be keen to keep the player on board until the end of the season.