Chelsea striker not in good shape manager admits after drop in form

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Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore is not at the desired fitness level at the moment according to on-loan club manager Peter Bosz. The Burkina Faso international is on a season-long loan with Ajax and has failed to recapture his form from his days with Vitesse Arnhem during the 2014/15 season.

The 21-year-old striker played under the same manager at Vitesse and scored 18 goals in 37 appearances, which earned him a place in Chelsea’s first-team under former manager Jose Mourinho last season. He made 10 Premier League appearances last season, but most of it was under Guus Hiddink in the second-half of the campaign, and the arrival of Michy Batshuayi pushed him further down the pecking order, prompting a loan move.

Traore, who signed a new contract with the Blues after his loan move, has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Eredivisie club this season, but has scored just three goals thus far. Bosz has urged the player to get back to form sooner rather than later admitting that he has dropped his level after the last international break.

Learn what Ajax manager said about Traore on next page.

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