Evidence of recent work on the training ground was seen on Saturday when the lively winger was a near constant threat. Now he wants to step it up.

"I work all the time to get better," says the player who is 21 on Wednesday and who has made more first team appearances this season than at any time in his career. 

"I'm working so hard every day to be the best player possible."

It would appear he's not alone, with Boro enjoying the majority of possession if certainly not the result against West Ham as Andy Carroll, not for the first time, proved why Hammers skipper Mark Noble thinks he should be considered for international honours.

"Every player in the West Ham side played very well, not just Andy Carroll," reasons Traore. 

"We're working with a positive mentality. It is a strong mentality and we'll prepare for the next game and prepare in a good way.

"I think our performance wasn't bad. The tactics were to play an open game and attack as much as we could. We did this and worked so hard.

"I think we focus on next week now and do what we can in the next game. We need to keep the sort of performance up."

Next up it's Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup and tickets for the fourth round tie can be bought here.