1132 Adama Traore

Biography

Midfielder Adam Traore joined Hull City in September 2022 after training with the club throughout the 2022 close season, during which he suffered a serious hamstring injury that kept him out of the first team picture for much of the 2022/23 season. When he was fully fit from February 2023 onwards he quickly won a place in the first eleven and became a pivotal part of Liam Rosenior’s attacking game with this flair and power – the player that his prior career, described below, suggested he would be.

Adama Noss Traore was born in the Malian capital Bamako and came through the ranks at a local football academy set up by former France international footballer Jean-Marc Guillou. He joined Mali Premiere Division side AS Bakaridjan at the start of the 2013/14 season but after only three appearances he was signed in January 2014 by French Ligue 1 side Lille, spending the rest of the season on loan at Belgian side Royal Mouscron where he made 3 appearances following an April 2014 debut against KVC Westerlo. Adama returned to Lille for the 2014/15 season, made his Ligue 1 debut in September 2014 against OGC Nice, scored his first senior goal in January 2015 against Evian, played in a Coupe de la Ligue semi-final defeat to Paris St Germain and took his tally for the club to two goals in 24 senior appearances.

In July 2015 Ligue 1 rivals AS Monaco paid 14 million euros for the signature of Traore, who penned a five year contract. He made his Monaco debut in the third match of the season against Toulouse but an ankle injury sustained in October 2015 ended his season after only 8 appearances. Returning to the first team in August 2016 Adama struggled for game time and ended the 2016/17 season on loan at Portuguese Liga Nos side Rio Ave where he scored once in 7 appearances. Further injuries in the 2017/18 season restricted Traore to just three appearances during October and November 2017, which yielded three goals including a brace against Guingamp. This pattern continued for two further seasons at Monaco, Adama ending the 2018/19 season at Belgian top flight side Cercle Brugge (where he made 8 appearances) and spending much of the 2019/20 season at French Ligue 1 rivals Metz where he scored once in 16 appearances. When he left AS Monaco in the 2020 close season Traore had made just 28 appearances for the club in five seasons, scoring 5 goals.

In September 2020 Adama joined Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor, based in the Southern Turkiye city of Hatay. After a September 2020 debut against Istanbul Basaksehir Traore made 54 appearances and scored one goal during two seasons before his release in the 2022 close season and move to Hull City.

Traore was involved in the Mali international setup from a young age, making his debut for the Under-20 side in November 2012 against Portugal and scoring four goals in 12 appearances at Under-20 level. He represented his country at both the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkiye and the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand – in the latter tournament Mali were beaten at the semi-final stage by Serbia and Traore went on to score twice against Senegal in the third place play-off. He made his senior international debut for Mali in a March 2015 friendly against Gabon and scored his first goal a year later in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin. Chosen for the Mali squads that competed at both the 2017 and 2019 African Cup of Nations finals, when Traore joined Hull City in 2022 he had scored five goals in 33 senior international caps for his country. In September 2023 he joined the Mali squad for the time in over a year and was unused substitute in an AFCON qualifier against South Sudan. He won his first international cap as a Hull City player in January 2024, coming on as a late substitute in an AFCON finals group match against Namibia.

Details

Nationality: Mali
Date/Place of Birth: 28 June 1995, Bamako (Mali)
Hull City First Game: 25 February 2023, Bristol City A (Championship), 27 years, 242 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]

Clubs

JMG Academy Bamako (2011-2013), AS Bakaridjan (2013-2014), Lille (2014-2015), Royal Mouscron (2014, loan), AS Monaco (2015-2020), Rio Ave (2017, loan), Cercle Brugge (2019, loan), Metz (2019-2020, loan), Hatayspor (2020-2022), Hull City (2022-present)

Hull City Record

Career: 36 apps, 3 goals

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2022/239 (3)1
2023/2414 (9)21 (0)0

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