Tuchel may seriously be regretting letting 20-year-old prospect leave Chelsea now - TCC View

Chelsea might be looking upon their mini-injury crisis with less concern had they not reversed their verdict on Armando Broja.

According to The Athletic, Thomas Tuchel initially intended to bring Broja on board for the season.

Tuchel ‘earmarked’ the Albanian as the replacement for Tammy Abraham, once he found a new footballing home.

Bright start for Broja

Broja gave the Blues boss good reason to follow through with this decision by performing well in the first weeks of pre-season.

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However, after scoring in friendly fixtures against Peterborough United and Bournemouth, the 20-year-old failed to make another appearance for Chelsea.

Getting first team regulars like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz back up to speed after the European Championships took precedence.

Abraham had yet to depart his boyhood club – he would eventually join Roma – so stayed part of the squad.

Michy Batshuayi also remained, meaning the centre-forward slots filled up pretty quickly following the international interlude.

Romelu Lukaku’s arrival was the final nail in the coffin for Broja, even despite Abraham and Batshuayi – who signed for Besiktas on loan – parting ways with Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea withdrew their original call on the young striker and opted to send him on loan to Southampton instead.

Bad timing for the Blues

Up to last night, the Blues conclusion had been the correct one.

That was until Lukaku and Werner were both injured during the Champions League win over Malmo yesterday evening.

As the pair hobbled off at different stages of the match, a glaring whole appeared in Tuchel’s squad.

Both his main attackers will be missing for some time, with no direct or obvious back-ups to take their place.

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In hindsight, had Broja been given the chance as a Blue, this issue could have been resolved pretty quickly.

Broja scored his first Premier League goal for Southampton last weekend, and has an impressive record for Albania – proving he has the capabilities to score goals even at the highest level.

As its panned out, Kai Havertz will probably be given the unconventional reins up front, with Werner and Lukaku out.

But, for all his qualities, he hasn’t exactly looked like a prolific goalscorer to date.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.