Chelsea youngster Armando Broja has today sealed a move to Vitesse Arnhem, as he looks to make the transition into senior professional football.
The 18-year-old striker shone for Chelsea’s development side last season, notching 23 goals in 33 games, before being handed his professional debut as an 86th-minute substitute against Everton.
Broja has already been called up by the Armenian Under-21s, despite his age, and the young forward took no time at all to repay his country’s faith, scoring twice on his debut.
Though most comfortable through the middle Broja is a willing runner into the channels and his excellent hold-up play, underpinned by a deft first touch, allows for runners from deep to support the attack. At 6ft3 the forward possesses an obvious aerial threat and he uses this to win flick-ons and occupy opposition defenders.
This selflessness to his game was perhaps best shown by his performance in Chelsea’s 7-0 demolition of Wolves in the FA Youth Cup. Despite not scoring Broja’s creative flair saw him play a key role in three of Chelsea’s goals that evening. Prolific when given the opportunity, Broja’s main strength lies in his ability to bring others into the game and contribute towards a fluid positional attack.
Looking to follow in the footsteps of Mason Mount, Broja’s development at Vitesse will be keenly scrutinised as he is viewed among Chelsea’s coaching staff to be one of the more promising recent youth intakes at the club.
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