Who is Lassina Traore? Crocked wonderkid hoping to get back to his best

Martin Macdonald
Lassina Traore, Shakhtar

Lassina Traore was on the books at Ajax for years before eventually making the €10 million switch to Shakhtar in the summer of 2021.

He has already become a popular figure among the fans at Shakhtar after scoring two goals in a 3-0 defeat of arch rivals Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Super Cup.

Unfortunately for the striker, he is set to miss up to a year of action after suffering a major knee injury in a Champions League fixture in October.

When he returns, though, he'll be keen to make up for lost time.

What position does Lassina Traore play?

Traore plays as a centre-forward.

How good is Lassina Traore?

Born in Burkina Faso, Traore would eventually join Ajax Cape Town before making the move to Europe with Ajax.

He would go to have a decent record with the Dutch giants, scoring 12 goals in 31 appearances.

Traore certainly made people stand up and take notice in a particular game against VVV-Venlo in October of 2020 in which Ajax remarkably won 13-0. He played a part in no less than eight of the goals in that game via five scores himself plus three assists.

It is unclear as to whether the striker was unhappy at the club, but with his contract expiring in 2022, Ajax made the decision to cash in on him when Shakhtar came calling.

Though not especially tall, Traore can play in a number of roles up top due to his physicality.

His strength allows him to hold up the ball for team-mates but he also has an impressive burst of pace which allows him to run in behind.

What clubs are interested in Lassina Traore?

Traore won't be moving anywhere anytime soon as he won't be available to play until next season due to his injury.

If he manages to recover from that and continues to develop, it won't be long until elite sides come calling.

Traore has said himself previously he would be open to the idea of returning to Ajax.

How old is Lassina Traore?

Traore was born on 12 January 2001.

What is Lassina Traore's height?

Traore is 183cm, or around 6ft.

What is Lassina Traore's weight?

Traore weighs 90 kilograms, or around 14 stone.

When does Lassina Traore's contract expire?

Traore's contract at Shakhtar lasts until 2026.

What football boots does Lassina Traore wear?

Traore wears Adidas Predator Freak+ soccer cleats.

What is Lassina Traore's Instagram?

Traore's Instagram has 84k followers as of November 2021.

Who is Lassina Traore's girlfriend?

Traore is not currently dating anyone publicly.