Chelsea fans may have been concerned when they saw that Guus Hiddink had left Diego Costa out of the match day squad for their clash against Stoke this afternoon.
The Spanish striker has been in terrific form but the Dutch caretaker boss decided that he needed a rest for their crucial Champions League clash against PSG on Wednesday.
Costa’s replacement was Bertrand Traore, a 20-year-old that has made just two league appearances this campaign.
But those that doubted Traore’s inclusion were silenced in the 39th minute after the Burkina Faso international scored an absolute screamer.
The attacker found some space on the edge of the box below unleashing a powerful strike which found the corner of Jack Butland’s net.
Watch the excellent strike below:
A win for Chelsea would see the Blues leapfrog their opponents and continue their surge up the table.
When Hiddink took over as caretaker boss, the side were embroiled in a relegation battle. But they are still yet to lose under Hiddink in the league and are setting their sights on European qualification.
They face PSG at Stamford Bridge in midweek in an attempt to overturn their 2-1 defeat in Paris and are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they have to overcome a trip to Everton.
Traore joined the Chelsea academy in 2010 from French club Auxerre, rejecting an offer from Manchester United.
However, Traore didn’t sign a contract until three years later when he put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal.
In January 2014 he was shipped on-loan to Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse Arnham in Holland where he spent two seasons, scoring 20 goals in 51 matches.
However, he has been involved in the first-team squad throughout this campaign, making seven appearances in all competitions.
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