Luis Enrique has hinted that Adama Traore’s maiden Spain appearance could be the first of many after he impressed on his international debut in a friendly with Portugal.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger came off the bench to replace Sergio Busquets just after the hour mark in Wednesday’s goalless draw and quickly won over the Spain boss with his second-half cameo.

The winger set up a good goal-scoring opportunity for Dani Olmo, who could only fire straight at Traore’s Wolves team-mate Rui Patricio.


‘Adama has been Adama in his purest form,’ Enrique said. ‘That is what we want him to be, with his ability to beat opponents. He has played a killer pass to Dani Olmo that did not lead to a goal.

‘With one player they will not to be able to stop him. They are going to have to use two players.’

Traore’s international future has been under question having also been called up by Mali prior to the international break – he is eligible to play for both countries.


Despite his Spain debut he could still switch allegiance to Mali should he wish to, as he will not be tied down to La Roja until he plays a competitive game, which could come this week when Spain take on Switzerland and then Ukraine in the Nations League.

Having represented Spain throughout his youth, the 24-year-old’s debut has come belatedly on his third call-up, having previously missed out with injury before the coronavirus pandemic led to blanket postponements.

Despite the goalless draw at the Jose Avalade Stadium, Enrique claimed he was satisfied with his side’s attacking display.


However he was also left concerned with the open nature of the contest and Spain’s ability to dictate the game.

‘People cannot be sad today for not having seen goals,’ the Spain boss said. ‘It was fun. We created that, and who scores interests me very little.’

‘Sometimes we do not read the game well. We have phases in which we lose control. I do not like that the games go crazy.’