'Time to recall': Some Chelsea fans want loanee back at the Bridge after developments last night

Many Chelsea supporters on social media wished they could call back Armando Broja after they lost two attackers against Malmo last night.

Thomas Tuchel’s men took apart the Swedish side like a piece of Ikea furniture yesterday, smashing four in front of a singing Stamford Bridge crowd.

Unfortunately, the very wet evening was clouded by the wounds suffered by Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Lukaku took a mighty whack to the ankle that ultimately won the Blues their first penalty of the match.

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The Belgian was swiftly joined on the treatment table by Werner, who pulled up holding his hamstring.

Chelsea coped without the centre-forward pairing for the rest of the match, netting twice whilst they were side-lined.

However, losing arguably their biggest goal threats will be a cause for concern in the longer term.

Hence why Blues fans wanted Broja to be recalled early from his loan spell with Southampton, in order to provide extra firepower up front.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:


Becoming a Saint

Of course, snatching Broja off Southampton cannot simply be done by a snap of the fingers.

The 20-year-old signed for the Saints on a season-long loan and is proving to be a decent asset for Ralph Hasenhuttl.

He scored the only goal against Leeds United last weekend to earn the coastal club their first Premier League victory of the campaign.

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Broja also bagged a brace in the 8-0 Carabao Cup demolition of Newport County in August.

Broja back in Blue?

It hasn’t been made clear whether Chelsea have the option to withdraw the young Albanian from Southampton’s squad early.

But his presence would certainly be welcomed whilst Lukaku and Werner take some time out.

Luckily for Tuchel’s men, their next run of fixtures probably does not require the two strikers to be available.

Norwich City on Saturday, then Southampton next week in the EFL Cup, a match Broja might feature in if the two teams allow it.

Then he could really show the Blues what they are missing…

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