Stereotypes are a common thing in football, especially when it comes to the way a country plays the beautiful game. Here in England we have the reputation of being a rough-and-tumble league with a fast flow and a dogged determination. Meanwhile in Italy, football is all about tactics and is undergone in a slower, more technical way – much like Spain. The South Americans have a reputation of being a colourful, fiery bunch who play the game with a shed-load of skill and flair, while African sides are packed with strong, bullish players like Yaya Toure. And while we know that it isn’t the case for all players or clubs in those areas of the world, Chelsea have just signed a player who fits the bill of the latter.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the Blues have finally snapped up 18-year-old Bertrand Traore – a powerful attacking midfielder from Burkino Faso, on a long term deal.
The teen had originally signed for the club’s youth system back in 2010 but has been waiting on a work permit to commit fully. Now with a four-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge, what can he offer Jose Mourinho?
As mentioned, Traore is a robust attacking midfielder who has very quick feet. In a similar way to Yaya Toure, he has powerful, long legs and an incredible tank, allowing him to patrol the areas in the middle with great efficiency. He enjoys floating in the central areas and dictating play with raking passes, and he also offers a threat in front of goal.
Watch the clip below to get a better idea of the youngster, but be warned Chelsea fans, it may raise your hopes to beyond expectations. He really is a special player.