Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has given a harsh assessment of Chelsea loanee Armando Broja after his performance on Tuesday night.
Broja, 20, is a highly rated talent to come out of the Chelsea academy. The Blues decided to send him on loan to Premier League rivals Southampton this season to help his development.
Broja completed 90 minutes last night for the Saints during their Carabao Cup third round win over Sheffield United. The match ended up 2-2 before Southampton eventually won on penalties.
The centre-forward was unable to leave his stamp on the game, plus he even missed his spot-kick in the penalty shootout.
He did score twice in the previous round against Newport County, but was much more quiet yesterday against Sheffield United.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl offered a critical verdict on the Chelsea loanee’s display. He acknowledges the 20-year-old has “potential”, but doesn’t feel he showed enough last night.
“You first have to work hard to find the game and this, for me, was a little bit of a problem. He’s not invested enough in the game, and then it’s tough to find it in a game like this,” Hasenhuttl said, as quoted by The Athletic.
“This is what he has to learn, and you could see in some moments that the quality was there, but you must also work much more to get in the right positions. You then need to be strong. He is a young player with potential, but there is still a lot to learn.”
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Of course, Broja isn’t going to enjoy hearing comments from his manager after his latest efforts.
The striker is yet to start a game in the Premier League despite three cameo performances this season and you’d suspect his wait may go on longer. He was unable to make the most of his chance in the cup, which could have brought him closer to the league XI.
The Albania international has shown that he can come alive around the penalty box, but Hasenhuttl wants to see more from him in open play to help link possession.
Southampton’s manager may have a point when you consider Broja made just 11 passes (WhoScored.com) during 90 minutes on the pitch.
This should be a valuable learning curve for him, though.
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