Chelsea have been boosted by the news that winger Bertrand Traoré has been granted a work permit, reports the Guardian.
The 19-year-old Burkina Faso starlet signed for Chelsea in October 2013 but due to problems with gaining the work permit, Traoré was sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie in January 2014 and spent a season and a half there.
Traoré scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Vitesse and has been a Burkina Faso international since September 2011, having been capped at the age of 15.
He has also played in three of Les Étalons’ African Cup of Nations campaigns, including the 2013 tournament in which they were runners-up to Nigeria.
The FA had tried to limit the number of non-EU players in the Premier League by introducing a point system.
In March earlier this year FA Chairman Greg Dyke explained that players are now required to play in a minimum number of matches for their country over the previous two years. The minimum number will be determined by the country’s world ranking.
These new regulations now mean that only the best non-EU players will be granted permits. Bertrand Traoré is one of the first to have his application granted.
"One of the best"
Traoré is now expected to feature in Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans next season after impressing the Chelsea boss during his loan spell at the Blues’ feeder club in Holland and on their pre-season tour of Asia in July 2013.
Last season Vitesse coach Peter Bosz claimed the Portuguese is “crazy” about Traoré and called him “one of the best talents of his age”.
“If the opportunity is there, they prefer to take him”, the Dutchman added.
Traoré will be hoping to be named in Chelsea’s squad for their pre-season tour of the USA next month in which they will play New York Red Bulls, PSG and Champions League winners Barcelona.