Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has told Tottenham to lay off Adama Traore – on and off the pitch.

The winger spent all game terrorising Spurs’ defence last Sunday and Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Harry Kane were all booked for fouls on him.

Afterwards Spurs stars called on Jose Mourinho to try to sign the 23-year-old Spaniard.

Twenty four players in 26 games have now earned yellow cards for trying to stop Traore this season.

But head coach Nuno, 45, says the winger, whose £18million signing from Middlesbrough in August 2018 now looks like a bargain, is staying put.

“He has a contract with the club and he’s happy here,” said Nuno. “He puts a lot of energy, dedication, into things and wants to improve. Things that happen outside, we cannot control.”

Traore terrorised Tottenham last weekend

Nuno and his staff have spent countless hours on the training ground attempting to coax Traore’s brain to catch up with his electric feet.

Now he is reaping the reward. This season Traore has four goals and six assists, last term he netted once and contributed three assists in 36 games.

“Some players require more time,” said Nuno. “The talent is there.

"Last season was not so good but players have ups and downs. We give them the confidence to go out there and express themselves.”

Traore actually dislocated his shoulder in the fixture

It has also emerged that Traore dislocated his shoulder towards the end of the Spurs game. But he has trained all week and is set to figure at Norwich today.

“He dislocated it but fortunately was able to put it back in,” said Nuno. “He has the pain that trauma caused him but he’s improving. He’s in the squad, so we decide after.”

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Despite being targeted by Premier League defences, Traore has never once reacted to being singled out or retaliated.

“This is the way to play football. You cannot take justice into your own hands,” said Nuno. “You have the judge on the pitch and that judge is the referee.

“This is the way we work and how we tell our players to be – trust the referee. We tell all our players and we don’t dive.”

Nuno was linked with the Arsenal job after Unai Emery’s sacking and again before Mikel Arteta took the job.

"My mission is Wolves and I’m only focused on Wolves,” added Nuno.