By Kevin Phillips

10th Jan, 2022 | 10:31am

Pundit 'very surprised' by Tottenham after Sky update on Traore pursuit

Kevin Phillips has insisted Wolves’ Adama Traore would be nothing more than a “bit-part player” at Tottenham.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed “inconsistency” has been the 25-year-old’s main problem in recent years.

According to Sky Sports (7 January), Tottenham are showing “strong interest” in Traore with manager Antonio Conte looking to utilise the Spain international in a wing-back berth.

A Wolves source told Football Insider last week (5 January) that the rapid winger may be available for just £18million this month, after being valued at £50million in August.

Phillips insisted he would be “very surprised” if Conte looks to Traore as a defensive solution.

“It’s been two, two and a half years now since we’ve seen him at his best,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“It’s worrying because he won’t be able to play at that intensity forever.

“I’d be very surprised if Conte was to bring him in as a wing-back. His defensive qualities are virtually non-existent.

“Going forward, on his day, you can’t stop him. But his problem has just been the inconsistency.

“I can’t see him playing regularly at Spurs if he does sign there. I see him as more of a bit-part player if I’m honest.”

Traore has appeared in all but one of Wolves’ 22 games this term.

The eight-time Spain international netted three goals in 41 appearances last term.

Tottenham sit sixth in the Premier League with two games in hand on fourth-placed Arsenal.

Conte’s side face Chelsea in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday having lost the first game 2-0.

In other news, Fabio Paratici is calling ‘every day’ as Tottenham work on sealing a marquee signing.