Watching Chelsea and Newcastle United, you could see the difference and the similarities between the two sides in pretty decent measure.

Newcastle, managed by an English manager still relatively new to the role, looked like a team that he’d been together for years.

In reality, the group itself is pretty fresh, due to the wave of new arrivals acquired by the new owners.

Chelsea, managed by an English manager still relatively new to the role, looked like a group of individuals that had only met the other day.

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Some have literally only known the squad for a few months, due to being part of wave of new arrivals acquired by the new owners.

Todd Boehly and the Saudi-backed consortium that took over Saint James’ Park have spent a very similar amount since claiming power over the respective clubs.

Newcastle have splashed £210m on eight fresh faces, whilst Boehly threw £278m at nine players over the summer.

But whilst Eddie Howe has managed to gel the new and the old together, it’s been quite the opposite for Graham Potter.

Broja backed by Potter

Such is the state of Chelsea right now, Potter called upon a young man born from their academy to lead the line on Saturday, as appose to one of his expensive teammates.

Armando Broja started just his second Premier League of the season on the weekend.

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The 21-year-old was selected ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz as the coach looked for a slightly different approach.

As it transpired, Broja failed to make any real difference to his side’s overall performance.

He was often left stranded on his own up top, running and chasing for ultimately no reward.

A meagre shot in the first-half straight at Nick Pope was really all the Albanian had to show for his display.

Newcastle know Broja well

Had he managed to score and secure all three points for Chelsea, he may have left the Newcastle chiefs thinking what if.

Sky Sports reported in July that the Toon army were interested in signing Broja, following his excellent loan spell with Southampton the previous season.

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Boehly held off any advances for the youthful forward, allowing Thomas Tuchel to invite him into the first-team permanently.

Will Newcastle still be ruing their decision to push harder for Broja after their recent victory over the Blues? We suggest not…

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.