The striker position at Chelsea Football Club is seemingly never a position which is truly settled by one player in recent years. The club have signed Timo Werner as a long-term option for the position, and the fact he can double-up as a winger only exemplifies his potential usefulness for the club. You also have Tammy Abraham, his contract is due to end in 2023 currently and with the club showing no desire to sell him, you do wonder just how many forwards Frank Lampard is planning to utilise at the club.
Frank Lampard has struggled to find consistency up-front for Chelsea this season yet again. Despite a very strong start to the season, Tammy Abraham has looked short of confidence lately, leading to veteran Olivier Giroud taking the starting spot. With Timo Werner arriving from RB Leipzig, it seems likely that Michy Batshuayi will be shortly heading for the exit. We’re still not sure how Lampard will set up with next year, but it’s fairly probable that a two up-top formation gets the go ahead at some point. With so many competitions in play at any one time, it seems likely that Armando Broja will get some game time at some point.
Broja is a little more well known than some of the other players I’ve covered so far in this youth series. In fact, he’s already made his senior debut for the club when he came on as a late substitute for Chelsea in their 4-0 win over Everton prior to lockdown, so we already know Lampard rates him highly.
Despite being born in Slough, England, Broja has chosen to represent Albania at International Level and has already featured for both their U19 and U21’s. He’s currently 18 years old, and whilst he has made a short appearance for the club already, the 20-21 season will mark a crucial point in his development. The club know this already, so expect a suitable Championship loan to be lined up to maximise his exposure to senior football. As things stand, next season should be Olivier Giroud’s last for Chelsea with the Frenchman recently signing an extension, depending on how next season goes, we could see a straight swap at the end of it in terms of responsibility.
Despite being 18 years old, Broja has already reached a towering height of 6ft3. But, don’t let this fool you. Despite this height, he’s still versatile and fluid enough that he can pose an equally devastating threat from the wide positions whilst still having the chance to use his own technical gifts. All in all, his physical and technical attributed give him the chance to become the ultimate modern day forward. His versatility makes him essential in any long-term plans for the club knowing he isn’t just some “one-trick pony”. De Frank Lampard knows this, and it’s surely the reason why he’s become more and more involved in first team training as the season has progressed.
But more about Broja’s actual skill-set. For his height, the Albanian demonstrates a deft touch and with the ball at his feet always looks in absolute control of it. He has no troubles shifting and manoeuvring his weight around at ease. His flair on the ball is not too dissimilar to somebody like Olivier Giroud, if I were pushed to provide an example. But I believe the Albanian can be far more clinical in front of goal if he’s to be used effectively, but his versatility and potential is yet another reason it would be foolish for Chelsea to push ahead with any more forward signings in the next couple of transfer windows.
Whilst it may still be very early days in young Broja’s career the future is already looking extremely bright for the player. His cameo appearance in the closing stages against Everton means we already know Frank Lampard has one eye on the player so in my mind now is the time to sit back and relax. Despite the tender age of 18. His physical prowess and wicked work rate mean Broja has everything it takes to convert himself into the ultimate modern forward and I for one cannot wait to see more of him.
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