Diego Costa is not the only centre-forward at Chelsea currently in hot goalscoring form. In Bertrand Traore’s last three games he has come on for his more experienced team-mate and hit the target.
The most recent of those goals completed the scoring in yesterday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester City which ended in a 5-1 win, as did Traore’s games at MK Dons in the fourth round and the previous home game against Newcastle United.
His goals in those games were sharp, near-post finishes. This time he flicked a header beyond his marker and in off the far-post. He reflected on that and his run of three goals in three games after the final whistle.
‘It is a good feeling for me,’ said the 20-year-old. ‘Now I have to stay focused, working hard in training and try to take any opportunity I get.
‘I tried to put the ball in the back of the net. I think I was lucky with the goal but still I meant to put the ball in the net but not in that way.
‘I am happy for the team, happy with the performance and that I got another goal.
‘For a couple of games now we are in good shape. Everybody is okay, everybody is doing well and we have to keep going in the same way.’
Having played in every round of the FA Cup so far, Traore is naturally hoping his first run in the tournament ends with a Wembley appearance, with Everton away in the quarter-finals the next hurdle to overcome.
‘Chelsea were the champions last season so of course we can win any competition,’ he points out. ‘We just have to push a little bit more and keep fighting for each other.
‘I like challenges so I am always ready to come on the pitch and show what I can do so I always train for this kind of moments.
‘Everyone wants to play every week as a starting number but I am young, I just have to fight and keep working hard and my time will come.
‘It is a privilege for me, coming from Africa as a young player and being coached by a great manager like Guus Hiddink so I am proud of that.’
- Bertrand Traore speaking to Chelsea TV after the game can be watched below, with plenty more reaction available now in Video on Demand.