'I like him': BT pundit suggests West Ham should go and sign 20-year-old Chelsea player

Steve Sidwell has suggested that West Ham should try to sign Chelsea’s Armando Broja.

Broja, 20, is an exciting young centre-forward who’s on Chelsea’s books.

The Albania international has come through the academy system at Stamford Bridge and is currently developing his game out on loan.

He’s making a great impact this season out on loan with Premier League rivals Southampton, scoring seven goals in 20 appearances for them so far. It’s been extremely impressive to see the way he’s forced his way into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s XI after being made to work for the position, too.

BT Sport pundit Sidwell thinks Chelsea loanee Broja is exactly the kind of striker West Ham need.

For the 20-year-old, he’s still got the rest of the season on loan with Southampton to fulfil.

“I like Broja at Southampton,” Sidwell told BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight when discussing potential targets for West Ham.

“[He’ll] learn quickly, learn his ropes as well. Wouldn’t mind playing a little second part to [Michail] Antonio and getting his chance. Someone in that sort of that ilk, young and hungry.”

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Chelsea need to keep Broja

Yes, Broja is someone who would be an excellent acquisition for West Ham. In fact, most clubs in the Premier League would be lucky to have him next season.

However, Chelsea should plan to integrate him into their first-team squad next season at the Bridge.

He’s showing all the traits of a Premier League frontman with his Southampton displays, and it’s easy to forget he’s still only 20.

Chelsea reportedly plan to deliver their verdict to Southampton imminently over Broja’s future, as the Saints hold discussions over turning his loan deal at St Mary’s into a permanent one this month.

There is definitely room in the current Blues squad for the attacker, though.

Broja should have his eyes on becoming the latest from the Chelsea academy to break into the first team, something that the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi have done in recent years.

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