Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has criticised the club’s youth policy and is puzzled as to why he was sent out on loan to Ajax this season.
The 21-year-old caught the eye when given his chance in the Chelsea first team by then interim manager Guus Hiddink and looked set to play a part in this campaign, too, after featuring heavily in Antonio Conte’s pre-season plans.
However, Traore was ditched in favour of Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi and is now temporarily plying his trade in the Eredivisie. A situation he is not exactly happy with.
“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?” Traore said.
“Why was I allowed to participate so often under Guus Hiddink [last season]? Why do young players get no real chance at Chelsea?
“It’s good for the composition of the squad if it is also home to a couple of talented youngsters.”