Report: 20-year-old could earn Chelsea first-team promotion amid striking struggles
Thomas Tuchel could give loanee striker Armando Broja a spot in the first team next season as Chelsea continue to struggle with consistency up front this season, according to The Guardian.
Like many other young Chelsea players, the 20-year-old had to go on loan and prove himself.
It was quite impressive that he got an offer from another Premier League club, Southampton, in the second season of his senior career.
Still, when Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer, Broja’s future at Stamford Bridge seemed unclear.
If fellow Chelsea academy graduate Tammy Abraham, who was the club’s top scorer under Frank Lampard, could not keep his spot in the team, it felt like it would be an uphill battle for Broja.
Very few, if any, had expected that five months into the season, the Albania international would score as many goals in the Premier League (five) as Chelsea’s record signing, Lukaku.
Saints reportedly in contact with Chelsea over permanent deal
Southampton are unsurprisingly eager to sign Broja permanently, according to The Guardian, and have reportedly been in talks with Chelsea over a possible permanent deal.
It remains unclear whether Tuchel, who worked with the young striker during the pre-season last summer, considers him as a part of his long-term plans at Chelsea.
However, The Guardian’s report mentioned that “there is a sense” that Broja will be given an opportunity to break into the first team if he remains at the club.
Broja signed a five-year contract (until 2026) last summer, though, so Chelsea are in a strong position in terms of transfers.
Lukaku is currently the only out-and-out striker in Tuchel’s squad, with the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner being alternative roaming forward-type options.
If Tuchel is to give Broja a first-team promotion, which will please many Chelsea fans, it is likely that the club will have to offload one of their current attackers.