Traore scored for the fourth time in six Premier League matches and Smith praised the 25-year-old summer signing for the increased influence he is having on games.
“He does (keep having more influence). He's making a really good contribution to the team at the moment," said Smith.
“We feel that we've got some really good attacking players. We brought him in for the quality he's got but I suppose it always takes a while to settle when you come from abroad like he has.
“He's settled in really quickly to be fair to him and he's getting the rewards of the work he's putting in. I always knew he had the qualities and the skills but it's his work rate without the ball that's really impressed me.
“He's a very good player and it's been tough to leave Anwar (El Ghazi) out because he was up for player of the month for December."
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