Armando Broja certified his brilliancy on the international stage as the Chelsea loanee scored a late winner for Albania last night.
Broja came off the bench during his nation’s World Cup qualifying match against Hungary, with the scores tied at 0-0.
Both countries have ambitions of finishing in second place, probably behind England, a task made more difficult after the Three Lions and Poland both won yesterday.
However, Albania grabbed the all-important three points thanks to their teenage striker.
With three minutes of normal time remaining, Broja collected the ball midway in Hungary’s half and drove towards goal.
In the absence of teammates around him, the 19-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands.
A crisp, low strike into the bottom corner evaded the Hungarian goalkeeper and instigated wild Albanian celebrations.
A Saint from the Blue
Chelsea and Southampton supporters watched on with great pride, as they have shares in the talented attacker.
The Saints signed Broja from the Blues on a season-long loan last month.
He has yet to start in the Premier League for his new employers, but the young centre-forward did score twice in an 8-0 EFL Cup romp over League Two side Newport County.
Goals seem guaranteed whenever Broja is in attendance, which sets him up nicely for his future career.
It just depends where destiny decides to take him after his stint at St Mary’s.
Of course, the ultimate ambition would be to return to Chelsea and become part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
There’s every chance of that happening – he recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2026.
But with Romelu Lukaku likely to lead the line for several years, Broja may want to consider his options in June 2022.