Traore returns to Victory with one thing on his mind

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Fan favourite Adama Traore returns to Melbourne Victory for his third season with the club and one goal in mind: winning the A-League.

Traore spent the 2012/13 and 2013/14 A-League seasons at Victory accumulating 52 appearances and earning himself the Victory Medal in 2014 but did not take home any other silverware.

Despite that, he believes with the guidance of new head coach Marco Kurz this year’s team can collectively form a game plan to win the league.

“I’ve been here four weeks now. Already it is a pleasure to work for this coach. He’s very humble, a very great coach. The style of football he wants to play, everybody here loves it.”

“I didn’t win [championships] with the club and I am looking forward to winning something big with the club,” Traore said.

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Traore caught the attention of Kurz for his domination as an attacking full-back and is ready to fulfil this role for the year – with the assistance of his powerful left foot.

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Dedicated to the success of his team, Traore is prepared to play not only this intended position but to move around if Kurz believes he can contribute to the team in a different role.

“For me, I am a team player. I’m not looking for my own benefits,” he said.

“So it’s up to the coach where he wants me to help the team. I will be ready for that.

“I want to go to every game and give everything on the pitch.”

Traore returns to the club after leaving in 2014 and playing in Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey.

Kurz has also lured back other players from overseas, and the 29-year-old said he made the right choice to return with the significant squad changes creating a “new era” for the club.

“I think it is a win-win situation for both Victory and me. Very new faces, new coaches and it’s those [things] that make [me] think that I am back at the right time.”

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“Playing internationally with great players and big names, it helps you become a better player. Playing with those players who have proved a lot by getting experience, [has made me] better than I was before,” he said.

Traore previous time with Victory saw him quickly become a fan favourite and he said he was again ready to perform well for them, just as much for his team.

“Melbourne Victory is the best club in the league so coming back again has done a lot for me.”

“It is an honour for me to come back [to the club] and I am very happy,” he said.

With the struggles Victory faced last season in their defensive structure, Traore is the player the fans and the club have been looking for to sure up the backline and take the team to another championship.

Feature Image Credit: Anita Milas (Melbourne Victory)

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.