Chelsea interim manager, Guus Hiddink admits that it was Bertrand Traore’s quality in training that won him his chance in the starting XI.
According to the Daily Mail, Hiddink had been impressed with the young Burkino Faso international in training and when called upon from the bench.
After starting as a lone striker against Stoke on Saturday, Traore took his chance in the side with ease as he opened the scoring with a fantastic effort with his left foot from outside the penalty area.
You see in parts of the game that he has quality, he has shown that already when he has come on.It’s a little bit different when you start at Stamford Bridge from the beginning.
Hiddink has openly admitted his admiration for the youngster’s quality, he’s even claimed that Traore is ahead of Loic Remy in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, which shows how highly he is thought of at Chelsea.
You can see he has quality but young players have to try to control and dominate their nerves and you could see that at the beginning. But he showed with the goal that he has the capacity to do a lot. The strikers compete amongst themselves in a healthy way. If they show what they do in training then it will be rewarded.
Traore will be hoping to continue to get as much game time under his belt this season in the Premier League. Diego Costa sat out of the game against Stoke, with injury, also with one eye on the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.