In recent weeks, Guus Hiddink has filtered a number of Chelsea’s youthful prospects into the first team - a long overdue move. Perhaps the most successful implication has been Bertrand Traore with the Burkina Faso international impressing greatly in recent fixtures.
Albeit being just 20-years-old, he has already made a lasting impression on Blues supporters and caused something of a Twitter craze after rounding off a 5-1 drubbing of Manchester City. The forward’s pace, skill and passion have won him many admirers at Stamford Bridge.
This impressive form sees it a logical move to feature Traore more often in the starting XI, especially in the Premier League. The youngster clearly has a lot to offer Chelsea who may finally be reaping rewards from their entrusting youth.
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Amidst Chelsea’s recent upsurge, Traore has been a key protagonist despite limited game time. The 20-year-old is already establishing himself as a prominent threat in English football.
Fellow strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy must be looking over their shoulders as Traore is swiftly eclipsing their respective goal tallies. Despite his tender age, the forward has garnered three goals in his last four appearances.
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In fact, in just over three weeks, he has matched Remy’s total for the entire season and trebled the amount mustered by Falcao. Traore has proven as an instant impact.
With strikes in 5-1 wins over MK Dons, Newcastle United and Manchester City, the forward’s form has been electric considering his drip-fed game time. His movement has proven particularly impressive and the FA Cup fifth round even showcased his ability in the air.
More game time
As a consequence of his recent form, he started in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Norwich, playing 60 minutes before being replaced by Jon Obi Mikel.
Besides, with Chelsea’s top four dreams getting more ambitious by the week, the Premier League is the perfect stage for the Blues to deploy youth.
If Traore is regularly played in the league during the club’s run-in, it would prove valuable experience for a player who could be vital in the Blues’ 2016-17 campaign. There couldn’t be a better time for the club to develop young players such as Traore on the biggest stage.
The Burkina Faso international has proven himself in a Chelsea jersey and his fruitful loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem last season displayed his ability to consistently perform and score. Traore has already amassed an impressive footballing CV.
While a handful of superb performances can far from guarantee future success, the signs certainly appear promising for Traore. Chelsea must make the most of what proves an exciting talent and game time in the Premier League will aid their cause in the long term.
However, if the Blues continue to brush their academy players under the carpet, appetising prospects such as Traore may slip through their fingers.
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