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02nd Mar 2021

Why Adama Traore rubs baby oil on his arms before games

Wil Jones

Adama Traore

One of football’s greatest mysteries finally revealed!

Wolverhampton Wanderer’s manager Nuno Espírito Santo has revealed why Adama Traore rubs baby oil on his arms.

The winger is often seen before games rubbing oil into arms, and now his manager has explained why he does it.

Adama Traore of Wolves applies oil prior to the Premier League match against Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

It turns out it was originally suggested by the medical team, to make it harder for opposition defenders to get a hold of him.

“It was not my idea, but I thought it was honestly a fantastic idea by the medical department because it came from the injury that he had with his shoulder,” said Nuno Espírito Santo, when asked about it ahead of Wolves’ trip to leaders Manchester City.

“That was caused basically because of holding of his arm and creating this strong impact on his shoulder and he got injured from that.”

“It’s hard to stop Adama, it’s very hard to stop him, and that avoids that situation,” continued the Wolves boss.

“He becomes more slippery, so we get the advantage of his speed and talent.”

“It was an option to avoid it, and from then on, he’s kept on doing it and it’s good.”

That’s that explained, so. Another mystery solved, after Jamie Vardy’s bandage and the holes in Danny Rose’s socks.

Santo was also asked if he thinks any other players will follow the lead of Adama Traore and reach for the baby oil when they are in Boots.

“Yes, why not? It can be useful. I expect some of those don’t use it, because it can go the other way around, but yeah.”

The Spanish international played four games for Barcelona before moving over to England at the age of 18. He moved to Aston Villa from Barca for an initial fee of €10m.

He only lasted a year with Villa – playing 12 times over a season and a bit – before having a better time of it with Middlesbrough. He was signed by Wolves in 2018 and has played over 100 times for the club. In 2020, he made three appearances for Spain.

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