Chelsea fans express their disappointment over in-form player's likely absence vs Arsenal

Armando Broja continues his goalscoring form in Chelsea U23’s 4-3 defeat to Woking FC on Saturday — but some Chelsea fans are disappointed that it means he is unlikely to feature for the first team on Sunday.

Some Blues fans have grown desperate for a new striker recently — understandably, given the club’s only summer signing has been a backup goalkeeper so far.

Broja is not an elite No.9 yet, but now that Olivier Giroud has joined AC Milan, many fans expect that he would join the first team, particularly if Tammy Abraham is close to leaving, as reports suggest.

His goalscoring performance in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth a few days ago has also raised the expectations, perhaps a bit unrealistically.

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Ahead of the trip to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for the Mind Series, however, Broja is surprisingly back with the development squad.

He scored again on Saturday, which is a good sign, but Chelsea U23s, unfortunately, could not hold on to their three-goal lead and eventually lost 4-3 to Woking.

Some Chelsea fans on social media are baffled, to say the least, about the decision.

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Obviously, Broja’s likely absence on Sunday does not necessarily mean that he is completely out of Tuchel’s plans.

But as some of these fans have pointed out, if Abraham is really on the verge of leaving, Broja should at least be a backup striker candidate, regardless of any potential big striker signing, and therefore stay around the first team.

Does the decision suggest another loan spell for the young striker, who just signed a new five-year contract with the club? Who knows, but if he is not back with the first team for the upcoming Tottenham Hotspur game, then it is very unlikely that he will be in Tuchel’s squad next season.

Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.