Southampton’s Nathan Tella has given a rave review about the quality of current teammate Armando Broja, who’s on a season-long loan at St Mary’s from Chelsea.
Broja, who’s scored seven goals in 19 appearances so far this season, is having an excellent time on the South Coast with Southampton.
The centre-forward made a Premier League switch this campaign from parent club Chelsea to the Saints, which is turning out to be an inspired temporary move.
Aged 20, he’s a rising talent that’s developing his game out on loan after coming through the Blues academy at Cobham.
First of all, the striker scored 11 goals in 34 games last season during a year with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. He’s continuing to get better and earn more senior experience with Southampton now, too.
For Chelsea, Broja’s scheduled to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Fabrizio Romano recently claimed that Thomas Tuchel’s side view him as part of their future.
Southampton winger Tella has praised the brilliance of the Chelsea loanee in an interview today:
“It was difficult for him at first, he wasn’t playing so much, but now he has to be, in my opinion, one of the first names on the teamsheet,” Tella said.
“He is still only 20, a young player, but you can just see that he has so much talent and he’s such a great player.
“He’s a very good friend, one of my closest at the moment. I am looking forward to seeing him here until the end of the season and then whatever happens in the future will take care of itself.”
Broja outscoring most Chelsea players
The way Broja has been performing in the last few months in a Southampton shirt hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Chelsea fanbase, with some feeling the club may finally have a successor to Diego Costa. He’s an exciting youngster that has a lot of comparisons to a prime Costa with his aggression, physicality and clinical touch in attack.
Broja already has seven goals in all competitions this season, five coming in the league, which places him level with Chelsea’s Mason Mount this season. That means Jorginho (9) and Romelu Lukaku (8) are the only Blues players to outscore him this campaign.
He’s now a key player in the Southampton XI that’s growing in confidence, and he should have his eyes on smashing double figures in the goal tally.
If Broja wants to force his way into Tuchel’s plans, a goalscoring spree in the league from now until the end of the season is the best way to do it.