15 February 2020 05:28
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from BirminghamLive - Wolves FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Great Britain sprint king Darren Campbell has revealed the brilliant pep talk which set Adama Traore on the road to superstardom. Campbell, who won 4x100m relay Gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, was hired by Middlesbrough to coach Traore during the 2017/18 season. Traore has credited Campbell for helping him to slow down - and the Spanish winger has gone from strength to strength since he first met the sprint coach in Boro's canteen. Asked about his role in Traore's rise, Campbell told BBC 5live: "I wouldn't say a key role but… There's a doctor called Bryan English and he was actually the UK Athletics doctor. In Athens when I got hurt and people were trying to say that I faked injury he went out and showed the TV my scans to show that I had torn my hamstring.
"We're really close. He called me when I retired and I went to Chelsea and worked with Andre Shevchenko. Now he's at Middlesbrough. So he gave me a call and he said about coming down there and Adama Traore was at Middlesbrough. "I knew Rudy Gestede because I'd worked with him at Cardiff City. I've gone into the dining hall and Rudy is sat next to Adama Traore. "I love football, I see myself as a failed footballer. So I've gone into the dining room and gone, 'Oh, that's that guy who I used to watch when he was little playing at Barcelona'. He was going to be the next big thing. "So I've gone over and pointed right at him and said, 'You, you don't even realise how good you can be!' I said, 'Look at you, you're built like an American footballer!' "You can imagine how hyped I was. I said, 'I'm gonna fix you'. That was my mission." After spending most of his time on Boro's bench during the first half of that season, Tony Pulis - with Campbell's help - unleashed Traore after Christmas and he ripped the Championship to shreds. But how did Campbell teach football's fastest man to take his foot off the accelerator? "I knew what to do," he continued. "I had to slow him down! I have a philosophy - CCP: condition, control, perform. The good thing about someone like Adama Traore is that he's already got the conditioning. He's so powerful, he's muscular and he's naturally quick. poll loading Who is Wolves' player of the season so far? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Rui Patricio Joao Moutinho Adama Traore Raul Jimenez "But what he didn't have was the control. I call it gears. I teach you how to run at 50 per cent - that's your first gear - 60, 70, 80 and 90 is your fifth gear. "What I also teach is the difference in feeling because once you run at 100 per cent you can't see anything. It's like a headless chicken. But once you start working at 90 per cent, 95 per cent, you have the power of control. "If you drive your car at 30mph you can see everything. You can look out the window, have a look around, you can see everything. If you drive your car at 70mph then everything changes and becomes a little bit more blurry. "I taught him to slow down. He's clearly had the talent and skill or he wouldn't have stayed at Barcelona for so long. The problem is as he got bigger and stronger and got more power he's just lost total control. "When I went there he was on the bench. Then we worked for a couple of weeks, then he started starting games. By the end of the season he was taking corners and that's when I went, 'This is mad!'. "And at the end of the season they sold him to Wolves and now he might go back to Barcelona! What the… A monster!"