Chelsea have an unusual relationship with signing strikers.

They rank from some of the finest Premier League products to a handful of the very worst.

Ranging from Didier Drogba, through to Nicolas Anelka, then down to Alexandro Pato and Radamel Falcao.

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But more recently, the club’s better centre-forwards have been born from blue, rather than bought.

‘Oh Tammy, Tammy’

On the weekend, Tammy Abraham netted his 14th goal of the season for Roma in their 4-3 defeat to Juventus.

He is now the highest-scoring Englishman across Europe’s top five leagues, not to mention the player with the most non-penalty goals in Serie A.

Abraham was constructed in Cobham, yet revitalised in Rome.

Another attacker flying the Stamford Bridge flag away from South West London is doing so by the south coast.

Broja breaking records

Armando Broja lined up for Southampton yesterday evening against Brentford, his 19th appearance for Ralph Hasenhuttl since being sent out on loan by Thomas Tuchel or his employers.

It marked just a fourth league start at St. Mary’s for the 20-year-old, a surprising figure considering his form over the past few months.

Broja serenaded the occasion with a customary goal, slotting his shot past the Brentford goalkeeper four minutes into the second.

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By beating Alvaro Fernandez, the Albanian international became the youngest player in top-flight history to score in his first four home starts.

Plus, he was also the first player of any kind to achieve such a feat since Chelsea’s very own Diego Costa back in 2014.

Costa’s heir?

Costa truly burst into life following his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid, netting nine times – five of those arriving at the Bridge – in the opening seven league matches.

It is no surprise that Broja has been compared to ‘El Cholo’, mainly for their expert finishing and powerful exterior.

Could Tuchel wield his very own Costa in the next campaign? Southampton might have other ideas…

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