Bertrand Traore is considered as one of the better-talented players in Chelsea’s loan army. Having completed his year-long loan at Vitesse Arnhem, he helped the Dutch club reach Europa League for next season with a 7-4 aggregate win over Heerenveen in the post season playoffs.
The 19-year-old joined Chelsea from the French club Auxerre and was loaned to Vitesse in January last year. After scoring three goals in 17 appearances, he agreed to stay for another year. The attacking midfielder/forward scored 16 goals in 42 appearances, earning praise from all quarters. The Burkina Faso international, known for his speed and skill has played a crucial role in Vitesse, especially after Christmas, when they were in the relegation picture.
Traore’s technique is flawless; he is elegant on the ball, a goal threat outside the box. He can ghost past defenders and knows how to avoid a tackle. At an age of 19, he’s considered Chelsea’s best prospect in the strikers department, even ahead of Dominic Solanke. The latter has already made a couple of appearances in the first team and Patrick Bamford, who might be the team’s third-choice No. 9 next season.
Traore had been speaking to the media after the season and had the following words to say
“Chelsea are very happy with my development. But I’ll only know after the holidays in which direction my career is going. I’m ready and when the opportunity comes I am not afraid to show my talent at Chelsea.”
Due to the (slightly) lower ranking of Burkina Faso in the FIFA Rankings, Traore needs more international caps to get his work permit to play in England. Hence, Vitesse have publicly stated their desire to keep Traore for another season if he can’t play for Chelsea.
That is unlikely to happen though. Apparently Jose is “crazy” about Traore; if the words of Vitesse coach Peter Bosz are taken into account. Recently he said,
“Jose Mourinho is crazy about him and if the opportunity is there they would prefer to take him back.”
Due to the English FA’s relaxing of the Work Permit rules, we might see Traore in Chelsea colors next season IF an independent committee accepts that he is a rare talent, and an exception can be made for him.
But after what the FA and the media did to the Blues this season, we might as well have to see Traore impress somewhere outside England. If things go right, we might have a future Chelsea Legend in the making. Yeah, he is that good. Exciting times, eh?
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi
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