Report: Chelsea boss Potter impressed by 21-year-old in training and how he fits into system

Young Chelsea striker Armando Broja has made a big impression in training and is close to becoming a starter under new manager Graham Potter, according to The Sun.

The 21-year-old has yet to make a start for the Blues this season, having only made six appearances as a sub across all competitions.

Last week’s report from The Guardian claimed that former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was not convinced that Broja was ready for the team and even prepared to sell the player last summer.

The club obviously decided to offer the Albania international a contract extension despite Tuchel’s reported stance, which suggests that the new ownership group has a lot of faith in his potential.

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The change of manager at Chelsea also provides Broja with a clean slate.

He and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only natural number nines at Potter’s disposal and depending on the new manager’s tactical plans, this could prove beneficial to the young striker.

Potter decided to start Aubameyang in his first game in charge, midweek’s 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg, before deploying Broja in the last 30 minutes of the game.

The Chelsea manager admitted that he went with experience for that particular game, but as he gets to know his squad more, things could change.

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Potter impressed by Broja in training

According to The Sun, Chelsea insiders claimed that Potter is “raving about Broja’s potential and ability to fit into his system”.

The former Brighton manager may want to use a pressing system in which Broja excels, the report adds.

Obviously, Aubameyang can also thrive in this type of system given his pace, but the retired Gabon international also does not offer the same presence in the box that Broja does.

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