Can Bertrand Traore Replace Diego Costa at Chelsea next season or will he need to look for a new club.
Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore starred for his current side AFC Ajax last Saturday scoring twice in their 5-1 thrashing of NEC Nijmegen.
Since arriving in Amsterdam at the start of this season, the young forward has become a first team regular for Peter Bosz’s team.
Traore has played 33 times for the Dutch side in all competitions this term, scoring 11 times and providing three assists so far for the club.
The 21 year old is currently one of 36 players on loan from Chelsea and one of the five Africans currently gaining first team experience away from Stamford Bridge.
Despite still being a star for the future, Traore is already considered an experienced international for his native Burkina Faso.
Since making his full international debut six years ago against Equatorial Guinea aged only 15, the forward has gone on to have played 39 times so far for his country; he has scored five full international goals in his career.
Unlike most of Chelsea’s current set of players of loans, Traore is a familiar face to most of the club’s supporters.
During their crisis season last term, interim manager Guus Hiddink gifted Traore with a lot of first team opportunities.
The versatile attacker scored 4 times in 16 appearances for his parent club in the 2015/16 campaign, with 13 of those appearances coming during Hiddink’s second spell in charge of the club.
Traore signed a professional contract with Chelsea in October 2013, after impressing whilst on trial during the summer of 2013; scoring against a Malaysia XI and the BNI Indonesia All-Stars.
After signing permanently with the club, Traore spent the next 20 months out on loan with Vitesse Arnhem. During his time there, Traore scored 17 times in 50 appearances.
His manager during his time at Vitesse was Peter Bosz, who is currently Traore’s boss at Ajax. Bosz was believed to have bought Traore to his new side after he was impressed by the Burkina Faso international during his time at Vitesse.
Traore has a number of strings to his bow, making him a very exciting hot prospect for the future.
He is a very fast forward, who can comfortably play on either wing or as a striker.
He possesses the ability to be combine sublime trickery and cool finishing; which was seen in both of his goals against NEC Nijmegen last weekend.
Traore’s form in Holland this season has not gone unnoticed, with Premier League side Everton linked to have been interested in the forward.
One thing is for certain, regardless of whether he stays at Stamford Bridge or not; Traore has been showing signs of huge potential in recent season and he has 39 international caps to support that.
Can he force his way back into Antonio Conte’s first team squad next season, or will Traore be fulfilling his potential elsewhere…