Garth Crooks says he 'need not have worried' about Wolves being in Europa League

Les Ferdinand and Garth Crooks attend the Black Entertainment Television launch party at the Cafe de Paris on March 1, 2008 in London, England.

The BBC Sport pundit said he had 'begged' Wolverhampton Wanderers to ditch the Europa League for fear of the Molineux side struggling domestically.

Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium...

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised Wolverhampton Wanderers following their Premier League triumph at Manchester City and has admitted that he "need not have worried" about the extra workload at Molineux due to the Europa League.

Prior to Sunday's trip to the Etihad Stadium, Wolves were in the lower reaches of the table following a slow start to the campaign, which seemed initially as though the added exertions of European competition and the early start to the season due to qualifying was taking its toll on the old gold.


However, following their superb victory at Besiktas, Wolves then stunned the domestic treble champions with a 2-0 victory on their own turf thanks to Adama Traore's late brace, with Raul Jimenez providing the assist on both occasions as the Molineux side beat the reigning English champions away from home for the first time since 1984 (BBC Sport).

Naming Traore in his Team of the Week, Crooks told BBC Sport: "This lad is what is commonly known in the game as a speed merchant but also as somebody who seldom delivers the killer blow.

16 Nov 1997:  Portrait of BBC Pundit Garth Crooks during the World Cup Qualifier between Jamaica and Mexico at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford

"That theory (the killer blow part) was shot down in flames against Manchester City because Traore's two goals against the champions may have already consigned Pep Guardiola's side to a runners-up place in the title race. I have begged Wolves to ditch the Europa League for fear of a team with limited resources struggling in the Premier League. With results like this I need not have worried."

Traore was briefly the Molineux club's record signing when they triggered the £18million release clause in his Middlesbrough contract in the summer of 2018, as reported by BBC Sport.

Adama Traore poses during a portrait session as he is unveiled as a new signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Molineux on August 7, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

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