Adama Traore made his competitive debut for Spain last night against Switzerland.
The Wolves winger replaced Barcelona prodigy Ansu Fati in the 57th minute of the game, La Roja securing a 1-0 victory thanks to a 14th minute goal from Mikel Oyarzabal.
It was far from a vintage performance from Spain, the former world champions mustering just three shots on target throughout the game.
But Traore certainly injected some life into the match during his cameo. Seconds after coming off the bench, the 24-year-old embarked on one of his trademark dribbles.
Four Switzerland players attempted to stop the powerful forward, but they were simply left trailing in his wake.
Once Traore is in full flow, there is just no stopping him. In just over half hour, the winger completed a game high four take-ons.
The former Barcelona man's improvement over the past 12 months has been quite spectacular and he's now recognised as one of the most dangerous players on the planet.
For years, Traore was simply a runner, a physical specimen that could charge down the wing all day but had little to no end product whatsoever.
These days, the Spaniard is the complete package. In 2019/20, he scored four goals and delivered nine assists in the Premier League, his best ever return in the English top-flight to date.
But it could have been so different. During his days with Barcelona, Traore confirmed that he was approached about potentially switching sports to play NFL.
“Yes, that happened. When I was in Barcelona, my personal trainer at the time told me he had a friend from the USA. He said why couldn’t I go there and try the testing that they (NFL teams) do,” Traore said to the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t think about it. I thought it was funny. My dream was to be a football player. And it’s going well. It can be better – always. But it’s going well.”
We're just happy he chose to stick with football!
- Adama Traore says his physique is down to diet
- Adama Traore produces incredible moment of speed and strength
- The 20 fastest players on FIFA 21