'Play him ahead of Havertz': TalkSPORT pundit urges Tuchel to start 20-year-old Chelsea player

Darren Ambrose claims Chelsea youngster Armando Broja should start ahead of Kai Havertz in the fight for the No.9 spot at Stamford Bridge.

With Romelu Lukaku loaned out to Inter Milan this season, it means the Blues are heading into the new campaign with serious question marks over their striker position.

Kai Havertz, 23, is one option to play as the centre-forward. Also, 26-year-old attacker Timo Werner can play centrally, albeit he’s linked with an exit.

One left-field option is for Chelsea to turn towards 20-year-old Broja, who’s now back at the club after a successful season-long loan spell at Southampton last year. However, the forward reportedly wants assurances from Blues manager Thomas Tuchel about his role within the squad.

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Broja ahead of Havertz

TalkSPORT pundit Ambrose has made the bold suggestion that Broja should play over Havertz in the Chelsea line-up:

“I think he should be their No.9. At No.9, I’d play him ahead of Havertz,” Ambrose told talkSPORT.

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In fairness, Broja is still a relative novice compared to some of the big names in the Blues first team.

The youngster caught the eye last year in the Premier League in Southampton colours, but it would be a gigantic step up taking on the pressure of Chelsea’s frontline forward.

There can be a strong case put forward for him to get his opportunity in the group. It may be a process that takes some time, though.

Meanwhile, Havertz is a very talented footballer that does bring so much to the XI when he plays well. However, it does appear like he doesn’t have the clinical touch around the penalty box to be Chelsea’s first-choice striker.

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