Tuchel needs to unleash 20-year-old Chelsea player on Sunday, he completely bullied Tottenham last season - TCC View
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel should make the bold decision to start Armando Broja against Tottenham this Sunday.
If he’s sticking with the senior group this year, now could be the perfect time to check on the 20-year-old in a big game.
The Blues are currently preparing for this weekend’s home fixture against Spurs in the Premier League, which is a great opportunity for either side to lay down a huge marker so early into the season.
Both London clubs kickstarted their campaigns last weekend with wins against Everton and Southampton, respectively, but there’s a lot of intrigue going into Sunday.
For Chelsea, they could have several new faces in the side for their first home match of the season. Realistically, you’d suspect they’ll need to raise their levels from the 1-0 win away to Everton.
Meanwhile, Spurs look in good touch fresh off the back of thrashing Southampton 4-1 at home.
Broja should start against Tottenham
One key decision facing Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is how he sets his team up in attack.
It would be great to see the German manager put faith in Broja, who’s a really exciting 20-year-old talent with a point to prove he belongs in the first team.
The centre-forward is still a Chelsea player amid regular speculation about his future, and he must be desperate to show he can be the club’s solution in the troubled No.9 position.
His lively cameo appearance from the bench against Everton, which showed signs of great movement and energy, should definitely get him in the manager’s thoughts for Spurs.
Kai Havertz had a quiet opening day performance, so replacing him with Broja would be a fair decision.
If Broja gets the nod in the XI, he should move to his preferred central position in attack and allow Raheem Sterling to shift from a false-nine into a wide role.
Unleash him on Spurs again
Broja completely bullied Spurs when he faced them last season, so that’s something that needs serious consideration when selecting the Chelsea line-up.
During his loan at St Mary’s last season, the striker was part of the Southampton side that secured a 3-2 victory away to Spurs back in February.
The Albania international scored one goal with an excellent finish inside the box. In addition, he ran the opposition ragged with his bullish work rate at the top end of the pitch.
For certain, Antonio Conte’s side will have flashbacks to last February if Tuchel springs a surprise by starting Broja against them.
Here is The Chelsea Chronicle’s predicted line-up against Spurs, which does include the 20-year-old forward.