Who is Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore?

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Bertrand Traore is the most talked about youngster at Chelsea right now but who exactly is he?

The midfielder was the stand out performer for the Blues as they strolled to a 4-1 win against a Malaysian All Stars XI and Jose Mourinho has confirmed the 17-year-old will officially join the club at the end of the summer when he turns 18.

Mourinho has confirmed at the moment, he’s effectively on trial with the club as they are waiting for his 18th birthday in order to try and get a work permit for him, which would allow him to play professional football for the Stamford Bridge side.

“He is not a Chelsea player yet, he is a trialist. He's a 17-year-old kid and he had some movement and some touch on the ball, so you can imagine he is a good kid for the youth team,” said Mourinho.

The issues over a work permit have been following him around some time because Traore has actually been playing for Chelsea for a considerable amount of time already, having appeared in several friendly matches for the club last season.

The problem Chelsea are facing is that Traore will have to go through the application process to get a work permit, because he doesn’t have the required number of caps to be given one automatically.

That opens up the possibility of a loan move for the youngster, which would allow him to stay match fit and get first team experience, before he signs a professional deal under Mourinho at the club.

He is highly rated and regularly appears for Burkina Faso, which allows him to accumulate international caps although his country naturally doesn’t play as many international fixtures as some of the more well known sides in global football.

“We have the guarantee that he plays for his national team. This fact, I think, sooner or later, the committee has to give him a permit to play in England,” added Mourinho.

Once that side of things is sorted out and he can join Chelsea officially, it’s only going to benefit the club because he looks like a tremendous talent.

The competitive and improved standard of football he will experience with the Chelsea youth teams and reserve side, will only improve his all round game making him a complete player when Mourinho drafts him into the first team.

He’s been in and around the Chelsea setup since 2010 when the club picked him up for Auxerre so he already has a good understanding and knowledge of the pressure and expectancy levels already attached to the club.

It’s actually a very shrewd move by Mourinho to get him involved with the first team over pre-season because it’s a hint that he could get a chance under the Portuguese coach in lower profile matches for Chelsea next season if he works hard.

Mentally he will now be very focused on the prospect of eventually graduating to the Chelsea first team. Mourinho has just given him a small taste of what it’s all about while there are no complications away from the field.

The sooner the club gets the permit issue sorted out the better, because he could turn into a beast of a midfielder once he gets his teeth stuck into some competitive football.

What do you think of his prospects?

image: © Jason Bagley

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