Report: Chelsea to decide whether to sell promising 20-year-old at end of season
Chelsea have yet to make a decision over loanee Armando Broja’s future as the young striker generates interest from other clubs despite his recent goal drought, according to The Athletic.
The 20-year-old, who is on a season-long loan spell at Southampton, exceeded a lot of expectations with his performance in the first half of the season.
He has scored six goals in the Premier League, which is already impressive given this is just his second season in senior football, but like many other young players, he has now hit a wall.
The Albania international has not scored in the league and just once in all competitions since February.
Southampton manager Raphael Hasenhuttl criticised Broja’s lack of impact as a substitute following their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, saying that the on-loan striker is “not what he was”.
So, what is next for Broja?
Based on The Athletic’s report, a decision over his future will be made in the summer, as Chelsea are still in the middle of an expected change of ownership.
But the Chelsea academy graduate is unlikely to be out of options even if he does not make Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad next season.
He has reportedly attracted interest from other Premier League clubs as well as in Europe and has been linked with a move to Napoli.
The report adds that Southampton are also keen on signing the striker permanently this summer.
Still, considering he recently signed a contract with Chelsea which runs until 2026, the Blues will not be under pressure to sell.
Even if Tuchel decided not to use Broja next season, sending the young striker on loan again would be more sensible after what he has shown in the first half of the season.