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Bertrand Traore has spent three pre-seasons as a trialist with Chelsea. The 18-year-old's work permit was granted in January, and he was able to sign his first contract with the club. Traore was particularly impressive on the tour of Asia and America last summer, and he could provide an effective option as the fourth choice striker in the squad next season.
George Saville had a successful season on loan at Brentford, helping them secure promotion to the second tier for the first time in their history. The Bees are keen to keep him on loan, but his potential as an all-round midfielder and his home-grown English status could see him return to Stamford Bridge next season.
Patrick Bamford is an English striker with a sensational eye for goal. Sent on a half-season loan to League One MK Dons last August, Bamford scored 14 goals in 23 appearances. In January he moved up a league, finishing the 2013-14 season at Derby County where he netted eight times in 22 appearances, providing three assists on the way. Bamford’s eye for goal and homegrown status should see him stay at Stamford Bridge next season.
Nathaniel Chalobah has matured in the last three years. A season spent working under Gianfranco Zola at Watford in 2012-13, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League, led to his inclusion in Chelsea’s squad for pre-season. Jose Mourinho tipped the 20-year-old midfielder to have a future with the club after another season on loan and 31 appearances for Middlesbrough producing three goals will only strengthen his cause.
Kenneth Omeruo joined Chalobah at Middlesbrough in January and imposed himself at centre-half. He made 13 appearances for the Championship side and was voted man of the match against Reading, despite conceding two goals. This was down to him making 13 clearances, five tackles, five interceptions and catching two players offside. If he keeps up that work rate, Omeruo could find himself challenging Tomas Kalas next season.