The Burkina Faso midfielder officially signed for the Blues in October 2013, despite having joined the Chelsea Academy in 2010, and formally complete his transfer on 1st January 2014. He immediately joined Vitesse on loan until the end of the season, featuring 13 times and netting 3 goals in the process.
The 18-year old, who frequently plays on either flank in an attacking role, featured in Chelsea's pre-season tour in 2013 - scoring a tremendous long-range strike against an Indonesian XI, and impressing numerous critics. Despite his young age, he has also featured 11 times for the Burkina Faso national team, becoming one of the youngest players to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations when he came on as a 65th minute substitute against Sudan in the 2012 edition of the tournament.
The youngster is highly regarded amongst Chelsea staff, and it has been announced on the Blues official website that Traore will return to Arnhem for the 2014/15 - turning out for Vitesse in the Eredivisie.
It is likely that Traore will be just one of many Chelsea youngsters to appear in the colours of Vitesse this season, with the Dutch club seen as a feeder team for the Premier League giants. Brazilian full-back Wallace has already agreed a temporary deal with Vitas, and the likes of Lucas Piazon and Patrick van Aanholt spent time at the GelreDome last season.
Despite the strong links between the clubs, there is a belief that Chelsea farm their players out to impress in a top European league, thus increasing any potential sale value. Whilst a wise strategy to comply with Financial Fair Play restrictions, knowing that a number of current Blues players will never turn out at Stamford Bridge reduces the already diminished identity of the team.
Many fans will be hoping that Traore is good enough the break the chain, and walk the turf at Stamford Bridge in the coming years.