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A.R.T. battles against Chelsea
In the eyes of many, Abdou Razak Traore has not developed as had been hoped. Many consider him a disappointment, even one of football’s failures. In principle, he may be a strange suggestion for this list, but I want to put my neck out and argue that it’s not over for A.R.T.
In his early career back in Morocco with Raja Casablanca, it was clear that Abdou Traore was something special.
With a vast array of nifty skills and tantalising moves as well as an admirable team ethnic, Traore was set for a career of not just decorating teams but actively driving them on: the energetic winger with a low centre of gravity, as well as decent pace, a valuable asset for Burkina Faso.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out that way. A move to Rosenborg was a massive failure, and the Ivorian- born midfielder was released on a free after several years of great controversy off the field but little end product on it.
At 23, it is not the end of the road for Traore, and the Afcon may prove to be the environment for him to leap back onto his previous pathway to stardom.
Not considered one of the tournament favourites, Burkina Faso will be requiring a player of Traore’s quality to step up to the plate just for them to escape the group.
Maybe in February we will be talking about the player Abdou Razak has become, and not the player he might have been.