Yesterday the rather surprising news that Chelsea had made an approach to Middlesbrough for Adama Traore broke via Sky Sports.
Indeed, you’d be forgiven for thinking to yourself simply, why? Why would Chelsea want to sign a player that’s barely proved himself for Boro this season bar a couple of decent enough performances?
Further, the former Barcelona youth player hardly set the world alight last season for Aston Villa as they sunk without a trace so this, on the face of it, really makes very little sense.
But, then again, doesn’t it make sense?
Traore, first of all, does have talent as we’ve seen from his displays with the young Barca sides and when he left Villa the general feeling amongst their fan base was that with the right stage he could be a star.
He’s shown flashes of that at Boro, too, but it could just work out that he becomes the full article with a big move – just like some of the players that are at the club at the moment.
Take for example new signing Marcos Alonso and as good as new signing Victor Moses this season.
Alonso had only played for Sunderland and Bolton in the Premier League in two unspectacular spells whilst Moses has never got near that potential he showed all those years ago until Crystal Palace.
Neither, then, should be key parts of a side leading the title race and yet both very much are.
Under Antonio Conte fringe players and ones those aren’t sure about when coming in have been given the belief and coaching to become proper stars and this leads us back to Traore.
He’s got more potential at the moment than either Alonso or Moses did at his age and has a taste of English football so, whilst it may seem like initial madness, there may just be yet another method behind it as there so often has been with Conte this season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!