‘Joke’: Some Chelsea fans rage at manager’s comments about 20-year-old Blues loanee

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has given a harsh assessment of Chelsea loanee Armando Broja – and some Blues fans on Twitter are not happy after hearing his comments.

Broja, 20, is an upcoming talent to come out of the Chelsea academy.

The centre-forward thrived last season during a loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, so was sent on a season-long loan in the summer to Premier League rivals Southampton.

He’s started the campaign with two goals in six appearances for the Saints, but he’s struggling for action in the league. Both of his Southampton goals came in a Carabao Cup win over Newport County in August.

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Hasenhuttl makes blunt comments about Broja

For certain, some players like transparency from managers to see where they are at exactly. 

However, Hasenhuttl’s treatment of a 20-year-old looks bizarre from the outside. He risks damaging the confidence of a young player trying to make it in the senior game.

The Austrian manager has explained the Chelsea loanee needs to do more to gain extra minutes at St Mary’s.

“Armando showed that he, as a sub, has a very good impact in games – against Newcastle he did a good job,” Hasenhuttl said, as quoted by Hampshire Live.

“But from the beginning, against Sheffield United, he didn’t play well and for Albania he’s always coming from the bench. I think he’s a very good sub.

“I don’t know if he is immediately ready for 90 minutes from the beginning. He’s a player who has to work hard to get a performance for 90 minutes on the pitch.”

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Chelsea fans frustrated with Hasenhuttl

Of course, Blues supporters want to see their loanees playing regularly to develop their games away from Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Reece James are two recent examples of how brilliant the loan system can be. 

It’s understandable that Albania international Broja has to fight for his spot, especially as Southampton have several options at striker. However, Hasenhuttl’s approach has not gone down well with the Chelsea fanbase. 

The young forward needs to keep working hard in the meantime and perhaps the club should reassess his situation in the New Year.

Here are some Blues fans discussing Hasenhuttl:

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.