'Getting better and better': Current teammate thinks 20-year-old Chelsea loanee has a big future ahead

Southampton’s Jan Bednarek reckons that Chelsea loanee and current teammate Armando Broja has a big future ahead of him.

Aged 20, Broja is an exciting young talent on Chelsea’s books.

The centre-forward was sent out on loan this season by Thomas Tuchel’s Blues, joining Premier League rivals Southampton for the year. It’s been a positive first half of the season at St Mary’s, too.

He’s made 17 appearances so far since joining the Saints, scoring six goals in return.

Broja’s immediately stood out as a striker with great physique at such a young age and he’s looked natural during his first taste of Premier League football.

His current teammate Bednarek has raved about the improvement and quality of the Chelsea-owned attacker:

“He’s a great player, he’s learning very quickly,” Bednarek said.

“He had a difficult start to the season where he had to adjust and adapt to the Premier League, it’s a different intensity.

“But he did it very well and we can see with each game he’s getting better and better and it’s a bright future in front of him.”

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Big Chelsea future?

If Broja continues, surely Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will need to consider him for his squad next season.

The Albania international, who’s previously been called “outstanding” by Joe Cole, is showing he can perform as the sole striker for Southampton in England’s top division.

There isn’t much cover at Stamford Bridge to play centre-forward behind under-fire Romelu Lukaku, so the Chelsea loanee may provide perfect cover and competition. It’s fair to say the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are better operating in different attacking positions than as the centre-forward target figure.

Broja has gone through the path of a loan at Vitesse Arnhem before a spell in English football, something that’s worked a treat for players in the past.

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