'They need to play': International team's president pleads with 21-year-old prospect to leave Chelsea
Albanian football president Armand Duka has pleaded in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb for Chelsea’s Armando Broja to leave the club in order to find regular minutes as a starter.
The 21-year-old is in the middle of his first season as a member of Chelsea’s first team, after spending last season getting experience with Southampton.
Starts have been at a premium for Broja, with there being just two on offer for him all season, both under new manager Graham Potter.
He looked particularly dangerous against Brentford, with his pace a real nightmare for the normally solid Bees backline to deal with.
However, it has mostly been brief cameos for the young striker, with him unable to tie down a regular run in the team.
This is despite the other attacking options failing to provide regular goals in recent weeks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz have been mostly shadows of the players they can be on their day.
Broja told to leave Chelsea
This has led Duka to claim he hopes Broja can find a move away from Stamford Bridge to gain regular minutes, wherever that may see him end up.
He said: “I don’t know if accepting the bench is the right path for them. In my opinion it is better that they go to clubs capable of making them play 90 minutes. They need to play, everyone needs it but especially these kids who are young…
“I’m interested in him playing and doing well, I don’t care where.”
With links to signing new strikers certainly not going away anytime soon, it may be in Broja’s best interests to find a new club to earn regular minutes.
The Blues are heavily linked with the signing of Christopher Nkunku, who has found out today that he will be forced to miss the World Cup due to an injury suffered in the week leading up to the tournament.