Alan Hutton has revealed he was frightened to death of the pace of Wolves winger Adama Traore during his Aston Villa days.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham, Rangers and Villa full-back insists the 24-year-old’s pace would strike fear into any opposition defender.
Traore, who joined Wolves back in 2018, endured a frustrating first season at Molineux but has established himself as a key player for Nuno Espirito Santo this term.
Hutton insists that pace is a nightmare for defenders and that Traore’s blistering speed made him one of his most difficult opponents to come up against.
Asked who he feared coming up against most during his career, Hutton told Football Insider: “When you look, it’s pace, as a defender, the likes of (Raheem) Sterling, Adama Traore, them type of people.
“You know if you don’t get tight enough, if you don’t tackle them, they’re away, you can’t catch them up, they’re gone.
“More technical players, like David Silva – unbelievable, you have to be switched on 100 per cent – they’re more the one-twos, technical, they try to find the space in behind you.
“For me personally, it was pace. If you’re coming up against someone you know is quicker than you, it’s a problem. Speed frightens all defenders, it doesn’t matter which level you’re at, all defenders hate playing against pace.”
Despite admitting his fears of Traore, Hutton never tasted defeat against the Spaniard, with two wins and a draw from the three games they went head to head.
They were also teammates at Villa, although they failed to win any of the eight Premier League games they played alongside each other.
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