'What you have to do': Club manager says Chelsea loanee is doing everything asked of him right now

Ralph Hasenhuttl says on-loan Chelsea forward Armando Broja has undertaken the task set out for him very well this season.

As quoted by the club website, the Southampton manager noted Broja’s strong contributions as a substitute and a starter in the past few months.

Broja a bright spark

The 20-year-old is settling into life by the south coast rather nicely, following a relatively rocky introduction to his new employers.

After accumulating 86 minutes from Southampton’s opening seven Premier League games, the Albanian international has since played nearly nine hours of top-flight football.

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December can definitely go down as a decent period for the striker.

He scored against Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, both efforts which should’ve been winners had the Saints held onto their lead.

Broja also netted consecutively in October, earning Hasenhuttl’s side four, precious points in the process.

Happy Hassenhutl

His four-goal tally could increase this weekend when Southampton hopefully travel to West Ham United, covid protocols permitted.   

The last meeting between the two teams – a 0-0 draw – saw Broja appear for his current employers for just the second time in the league.

“I remember when he was coming on that he had a few good chances in this game,” said Hasenhuttl on that stalemate at St. Marys.  

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“He is good as a sub and he has also shown in the past that he can start. He’s got four goals after starting so good, good average to be honest.

“He grabbed a chance because of Ché’s (Adams) injury. He was there and he did everything to help him get a chance again.

“This is what you have to do as a young player.”

Hammering the Hammers

With Adams and Adam Armstrong still recovering from injury, the onus will be on Broja to lead the line once again.

A job he has yet to shy away from.

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Chelsea may be keeping an eye on their academy graduate’s display over the weekend, as they continue to plan for his future endeavours.

Broja will certainly help his future at Stamford Bridge if he can get one over West Ham.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.