Chelsea’s ‘partnership’ with Vitesse Arnhem has seen many young Blues loaned to Holland for experience over the past five years.
However, despite many of them performing with great credit during their spells at GelreDome none has ever returned to establish themselves at Stamford Bridge.
Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu, Cristian Cuevas, Gael Kakuta and Sam Hutchinson all failed to make a breakthrough at Chelsea last term having spent 2013/14 on the Dutch club’s books.
Yet it seems that the partnership may finally be about to bear fruit, with Jose Mourinho reportedly ‘crazy’ about Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, according to Vitesse coach Peter Bosz.
He had first shot to Mourinho’s attention before the start of the 2013/14 campaign, when the Portuguese invited him along with the first team’s tour of the Far East.
There Traore shone as a midfielder, with Gary Cahill suggesting he hadn’t “looked out of place in training alongside some top international players”.
Interestingly, the 19-year-old has scored 14 times in 33 Eredivisie outings in 2014/15, yet that ratio increases to an even more impressive 13 in the 20 starts he has made as a centre-forward.
He is 1/2 to make over 7.5 appearances for Chelsea next season but, despite the high regard he is held in by staff and players alike at his parent club, the 7/5 about him falling short of the line may be a wiser investment.
The Blues have been wrestling with work permit issues surrounding Traore ever since he arrived at the club, which has much to do with why he has found himself in Holland.
Despite him being a full international for Burkina Faso, the Daily Mail believe that he may still not yet satisfy new, tighter regulations due to be brought in this summer.
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