Armando Broja's new contract proves that Lampard is making a difference at Chelsea
It feels like a new young player is being talked about every week at Chelsea. The latest one is 18-year-old Armando Broja. The Albanian recently signed a new deal with the club and part of the reason behind doing so is the clear pathway that has now been uncovered.
Lampard has proven this season that Chelsea’s academy stars will get chances in the first team. After years of criticism surrounding the lack of chances young players were getting, The Blues are now seen as a team that promotes young talent.
Broja himself could be forcing his way into Lampard’s thinking. The Albania U-21 international has scored 16 goals in 23 games this season, most recently scoring the winning goal for the Chelsea U-23’s in their game against rivals Tottenham.
There has been a lot of talk about Chelsea bringing in a new striker to provide back-up to Tammy Abraham. Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud could be on their way out and Lampard’s side will be left with one senior striker.
Broja could be an alternative to spending big on a striker in January. Although he has no senior experience, his goal record is impressive. He will be hungry to prove himself if he is given chances in the first team and will understand the culture of the club.
Whether Broja is the next academy graduate or not, it is clear to see the impact Lampard is having on the culture at Chelsea. Young players have a newfound belief that they can make it at the club, and will work hard to do so as opposed to seeking a move elsewhere.