Chelsea prospects of past and present both score in Dutch tie


Ben Sahar and Bertrand Traore were both on target as Willem II lost 4-1 to Vitesse Arnhem.

In January 2007, Chelsea unleashed a 17-year-old being dubbed a ‘wonderkid’ into the fold against Macclesfield Town - in the form of talented Israeli Ben Sahar.

In the end however his time at Stamford Bridge was disappointing.

He spent time on loan at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and De Graafschap over three years - before leaving for Spanish outfit Espanyol in 2009 - for a fee of £1 million.

That move also proved to be fruitless. He spent time out on loan with boyhood club Hapoel Tel Aviv and in France with AJ Auxerre with varied success.

After his stint with Espanyol he quickly found a new club, joining Hertha Berlin on a free transfer in 2012 but flopped again.

That move also didn't work out and after time on loan with Arminia Bielefeld he joined Dutch Eredivisie side Willem II.

Yesterday he scored for the club, he scored his third goal for his new club yesterday, interestingly against the side that nowadays acts as the farm for Chelsea's football latent.

He scored against Vitesse Arnhem yesterday, where many Chelsea youngsters have gone out on loan in recent times.

In fact one of their current crop also scored yesterday. Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore is highly rated at Chelsea and spent the second half of last season on loan at the Gelredome.

Now he is there for the whole season and he scored his first league goal for the club yesterday as, unfortunately for Sahar, Vitesse came out on top - winning the game 4-1.

But it was interesting battle between the Chelsea starlets of present and past, only time will tell if Traore can make a better career of it at Chelsea than the Israeli.

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