Report: Tuchel may not take 'really, really exciting' Chelsea player on pre-season tour, he could be leaving
Reports suggest Armando Broja could be left out of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the United States.
According to The Athletic, the Albanian is admired by manager Thomas Tuchel, however no guarantees of first-team football could see both parties decide a move is the better option.
The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Southampton last season, scoring six goals in the league, particularly enjoying his football around Christmas time.
While his form dropped off towards the end of the season, he still gained praise from people involved with the game, with pundit Gary Neville describing him as “really, really exciting.”
His return to Chelsea may have excited supporters, who will have been hoping for a striker causing far less problems than Romelu Lukaku created last season.
Broja could be left off pre-season tour
However, it appears fans may not get the opportunity to see this, with The Athletic claiming he could be set to be left out of the club’s pre-season tour in order to sort his future out.
The report goes on to say that Broja has many suitors prepared to pay big money for the striker, with former club Southampton alongside West Ham and Newcastle as potential destinations.
A move away would be a shame given that the Albanian has been with the club ever since he was at under-nine level, with supporters having hoped the Blues were past the stage of selling every promising player that comes from the academy.
With the club’s interest mostly in wingers as far as attackers go this summer, Broja could have certainly competed for regular minutes up front, with Kai Havertz likely to be the starting striker.
The academy graduate has shown he has the physical capabilities to battle with some of the better centre-backs in the league, while his work-rate also shows he could easily fit in as a Chelsea attacker.