Armando Broja has told the Evening Standard that he believes he is ready to start for the Chelsea first team.

The 20-year-old is yet to start for the Blues this season, with many fans and figures in the media claiming he should’ve been given his opportunity by now.

The Blues attack has been largely underwhelming up to now, with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz both being benched at the weekend for poor starts to the campaign.

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The pair impressed off the bench at the weekend, with the German striking the winner late on to open his 2022/23 account.

Broja was another name who made an impact off the bench against West Ham, and he has since claimed to the Evening Standard that he is ready to perform for Thomas Tuchel.

Broja says he’s ready to start

He said: “You see speculation on the news but I am here now at Chelsea and I have signed my contract, so I am delighted to be at this amazing club.

“I have always been a confident boy so it is important to keep that and remain confident. For me, I feel like I can help the team a lot. I will do my best on and off the pitch in any way I can. I believe I can.”

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Broja will now be under even more competition for a role up front for Chelsea, following the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day from Barcelona.

It has been claimed by Tuchel that the club are looking to fit the 33-year-old with a mask in order to get him ready to compete as soon as possible, after suffering injuries following the burglary of his house.

With the quantity of fixtures coming up in the run up to the World Cup, squad rotation will be key to the Blues competing on all four fronts, and Broja starting will become key to that being a possibility.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.