'Caught my eye': Paul Merson says 'quick' Chelsea prospect will have future at Stamford Bridge

Paul Merson insists that Chelsea prospect Armando Broja has a future ahead of him at Stamford Bridge.

Aged 20, the physical centre-forward is already proving his talent at Premier League level.

The Albania international is currently enjoying a season-long loan with league rivals Southampton, scoring eight goals in 25 games across all competitions so far this campaign.

He’s made one first-team appearance for Chelsea, and it should be the first of many based off the last few months.

The young striker has become an important player for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton team, who are in some great form right now.

Merson suggests that Broja is someone on Chelsea’s books that will make it at the club. Also, he was keen to point out the physical attributes of his pace and power.

“Armando Broja is someone who has really caught my eye this season and I strongly believe he’s got a future at Chelsea. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick and has shown that he can score goals consistently at the top level, so even if Chelsea do let him go, I think they’ll look to include a buy-back clause in his contract,” Merson wrote.

Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

CF situation at Chelsea

Chelsea’s success rate with number nines during the past couple of decades is dubious to say the least. However, there has been two or three absolute gems.

For certain, Broja appears to be on the path to a Premier League career.

He’s bossing it at St Mary’s with the Saints at his young age, but cutting the grade at the Bridge would be another big leap.

The centre-forward should be given a route into Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season, with the ideal scenario of him competing and providing cover for Romelu Lukaku.

It’s a big few months for Blues striker Lukaku to prove doubters wrong, though.

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.