'Very good': Frank Lampard says he's a really big fan of 20-year-old Chelsea prospect

Frank Lampard has lavished praise upon on-loan Chelsea striker Armando Broja ahead of their potential reunion this weekend.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference for Everton’s Premier League meeting with Southampton on Saturday, Lampard was asked about his former prodigy.

The current coach of the Toffees actually handed Broja his very first senior appearance at Chelsea in early 2020.

From Chelsea to the South coast

Since that cameo, ironically against Everton, the 20-year-old has skyrocketed to another level of success.

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Just a few months after stepping out at Stamford Bridge, the Albanian international was sent on loan for a campaign to Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse Arnhem.

He made a real impact in Holland, scoring 11 times in 34 appearances.

Broja then returned to Cobham for pre-season, where Thomas Tuchel had replaced Lampard.

Although the centre-forward impressed Tuchel, the German decided his development was best spent away from South West London.

Southampton gratefully snapped up the young attacker and the relationship has continued to blossom.

An Albanian angel for the Saints

Currently the Saints’ top scorer with eight, Broja is absolutely crucial to the way Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side function.

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Now, the cycle has come full circle for the Chelsea academy graduate, as he prepares to face his old mentor.

“I gave him his debut at Chelsea. He’s a good lad, a very talented young boy,” said Lampard.

“He came to us at the start of the Covid times & trained with us and is showing his attributes with Southampton now.

“Fast, strong. Has a real eye for goal. A very, very good play. I’m very aware of his strength.”

Clearly, Lampard knows what Everton are in for when they battle Broja, but do his defenders?

Time will tell.

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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.