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Superb goal highlights another impressive 45 minutes from Bertrand Traore

If I were to play favorites - not that I would ever do such a thing; after all Salomon Kalou is clearly the greatest ever - but of all the new faces at Chelsea this season, I think I like Bertrand Traoré the most.

It's not just because he scores goals nearly at the same rate as Romelu Lukaku - and what a goal this one was vs. Indonesia All-Stars! - but it's the fact that he always seems to be moving, willing to work, and generally making intelligent choices on the ball. His set piece deliveries are top notch, especially for a 17-year-old (see also: Lewis Baker, Amin Affane). He absolutely oozes confidence out of every pore with every assured touch, every instance of tight ball-control, every audacious 30-yard attempt, and every joyful goal celebration.

The 45 minutes of pitch time he got in Jakarta came when the match was well won already. Still, he did not disappoint. Playing more in the midfield than on the wing as in Malaysia, Traoré linked up well with his teammates while producing some lovely crosses, all after nonchalantly spanking the ball into the top corner for Chelsea's fifth goal on the day.


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