Bertrand Traore

Bertrand Traore Signs For Lyon – Why Does Chelsea Always Let Them Go?

When Antonio Conte joined Chelsea, many who didn’t know him, held out hope that he’ll be the one to give youth a chance. Those of us who did knew it was same old, same old. Bertrand Traore, one of Chelsea’s brightest prospects have been sold by the Premier League Champions. Once again, the Blues are letting raw talent slip through their fingers.

If you didn’t already know, the first paragraph might make you see Chelsea as a team that has little or nothing to do with young players – far from it. On its ranks, the Blues has one of the best collection of young and highly-gifted footballers.

The issue here is, these youth players just never seem to make it to the crème de crème at Chelsea; somehow they get stifled and lost in the system that seeks to groom them only to end up loaning or selling them.

Over the years, we’ve seen lots of young players making waves in the Chelsea youth team; however, after a couple of cameos with the senior team (against the weakest of oppositions), these players fall off the radar after a series of loan spells.

Thibaut Courtois might as well be the only youth player the Blues can boast of having let through. Regardless, it took three long years on loan at Atletico Madrid before he could get a recall - nearing his mid-twenties and having established himself in Spain.

Time would fail me to talk about the likes of Josh McEachran, Marko Mitrovic, Lucas Piazon, Patrick Bamford, Isaiah Brown, Gael Kakuta and a host of others who despite showing so much promise at youth level could not make it up the ladder rather slipping through the cracks into oblivion. What these young players needed was just a little faith and playing time with the senior team.

Nathaniel Chalobah, only made his first senior appearance for Chelsea this year, despite being on Chelsea’s books since 2005. Although the 22-year-old was part of Antonio Conte’s first team plans, he hugged the fringes and only managed nine substitute appearances in the league. Fair enough, however, the Blues are hot on the trail of Tiemoué Bakayoko and the arrival of the Frenchman would only mean one thing for Chalobah – a loan spell.

The 2012 Champions League winners have also let Dominic Solanke join Liverpool, for free, unless a tribunal decides otherwise. The youngster, who was voted the best player at the just concluded Under-20 World Cup, has been prolific for the Chelsea youth team but has found it impossible to break into the first team.

Tammy Abraham, a tall, strong, fast and talented striker, is also gradually slipping through Chelsea’s fingers. The 19-year-old Englishman who scored 23 goals in 40 appearances while on loan at Championship side, Bristol City last season has agreed a loan move to Swansea. Will he ever come back?

Bertrand Traore leaves!

Despite showing so much promise and potential, Chelsea loaned out Bertrand Traore to Ajax while £33 million was spent in signing a player who in my opinion is no better Traore – I’m talking about Michy Batshuayi.

Following his loan transfer to Ajax, Traore hit out at the Chelsea system, which doesn’t give youth a fighting chance at the club.

“I felt, and feel, that I am ready for Chelsea. I did not see the loan overall. Why did I play so much in pre-season? “Why was I allowed to participate so often under Guus Hiddink? Why do young players get no real chance at Chelsea?”

The Burkina Faso striker licked his wounds and took his craft to Amsterdam. Before long, he became an integral member of Peter Bosz side. The former Vitesse loanee ended the season with 13 goals in 37 games. Top European sides were alerted to Traore’s quality and the jostle for his signature began.

A player with the quality and talent of Bertrand Traore should’ve been inculcated into the Chelsea first team and given the chance to grow. The Premier League Champions, however, opted to receive £17.5 million from Lyon for him.

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