Chelsea striker Armando Broja praised Blues teammate Mateo Kovacic who assisted his first senior goal for the club in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Wolves.
The 21-year-old made his ninth appearance as a substitute for Chelsea in the final 20 minutes of the game and finally got off the mark with a very fine strike.
He certainly did everything Graham Potter expected from a striker. He timed his run well and scored with his first and only shot in the game.
However, Broja also highlighted that it was only possible because of Kovacic’s vision.
“I saw Kova get on the ball, and I knew as soon as he got on the ball, I can make a run in behind,” the Albania international told Chelsea TV.
“It was a great pass from him — it’s amazing.
“After that, you know… as a striker, instinct like this kicked in and [I] had a shot at the goal.
“It was a surreal moment for me and my family. Even better because it’s my dad’s birthday today, so I got a goal for him.”
Aside from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz, Broja is one of the few centre-forward options at Potter’s disposal.
The three of them offer the manager different tactical options, with Broja arguably being the closest one among them to a conventional number nine.
Kovacic is not really known for his number of assists, but a striker who likes to make a run in behind such as Broja could help increase midfielders’ output.
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