Armando Broja explained to Chelsea TV that Mason Mount and Lewis Baker played a big role in his loan move to Vitesse Arnhem.
Broja is back at Cobham for pre-season training, following a very prosperous spell with Vitesse.
In 34 games, he netted 11 goals and finished as the Dutch club’s joint-top league scorer.
Not many flee Stamford Bridge and return with such optimism, but there is a lot to be buoyant about regarding the 19-year-old’s future.
He recently signed a new contract, binding him to the Blues until 2026.
Thomas Tuchel is now well caught up on the striker’s talents, having seen him shine in friendly matches against Peterborough United and Bournemouth.
Clearly, the stint in Holland helped raise Broja’s profile and his confidence.
However, he may not have made the move if it weren’t for two of his Chelsea teammates.
“I think the most important step in my career was to take that loan move because it helped me mature as a man, as a player,” said the young centre-forward.
“It helped me get better at everything really, football, living by myself.
“I managed to have a successful year which I’m really happy about.
“I just want to thank the Chelsea academy for allowing me to take that step and encouraging me.
“Players like Mason, Lewis Baker and the coaches were encouraging me to take that step forward.
“They really helped me out in my decision to go there.”
Mount and Baker are probably the best two players to ask about venturing over to Vitesse.
Both enjoyed successful periods with the Eredivisie side whilst away from Chelsea.
Baker spent two years there between 2015 and 2017, racking up 73 appearances and scoring 20 goals.
Mount meanwhile joined for the 2017/18 campaign and also made a positive contribution.
In 39 outings, he managed 13 goals and provided 10 assists.
So if any Chelsea academy star fancies their chances out on loan, Vitesse is the place to visit.