Chelsea may well have their next brilliant striker already on their books - TCC View

Reports today have suggested that Armando Broja is open to a move away from Stamford Bridge.

According to The Athletic, West Ham are considering tabling a £30m bid for the striker, with the potential for more playing time offering an opportunity to lure him away.

The news comes despite the club’s reported agreement for Romelu Lukaku to leave on loan, after a dismal return to Stamford Bridge.

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Broja showed in his loan spell at Southampton that he possesses the skills to be a Premier League striker, with his pace and power causing defenders plenty of problems throughout the campaign.

The Blues’ change in system in the second half of the season saw Kai Havertz operate the central role of the attack, playing in more of a false nine role that suits his assets a lot better.

However, the lack of an out-and-out striker seemed to cost them at times, with Thomas Tuchel unable to rely on Lukaku for much of last season.

Broja showed in a far less creative team he has the ability to score a variety of goals, as he enjoyed a prolific spell around the busy festive period. With better players creating opportunities, it is likely the 20-year-old’s numbers will rise.

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As well as this, his energy levels looked really strong last season, lending him well to a pressing system which the Blues have used frequently.

The Albanian is reportedly highly rated by Thomas Tuchel after impressing in pre-season in 2021, and the German should look to include him in his plans again as the club get set for their tour of the US.

Rumours of interest in the likes of Robert Lewandowski are great, but equally the Blues have other areas they are in far more need to address, with centre-back, centre-midfielder and winger all needing an injection of talent. Broja can provide exactly what they were missing last season.

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.