Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel promises the player to play regularly this season; players won’t leave the club now
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has promised young striker Armando Broja more playing time this season with the player expected to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to London Football.
Broja spent last season on loan at Southampton and impressed in the campaign at St Mary’s Stadium.
He made 38 appearances for The Saints, scoring nine goals and contributing one assist.
There has been speculation he could move this summer with the lack of Chelsea game time predicted.
However, the aforementioned report claims that Tuchel has promised the Albanian striker will have more minutes to play for the Blues this season.
Broja will have a good chance to try and get into the starting line-up of the west London team.
Sure enough, after escaping Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner with both returning to Inter Milan and RB Leipzig respectively.
It leaves Tuchel with a lack of options in attack and Broja can be the type of striker that thrives on such people. Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz on the wing.
The young forward had 15 minutes in Chelsea’s opening 2-1 win of the season against Everton on 7 August.
He will expect many more minutes with Tuchel clearly convincing the towering striker to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s lack of options up front could lead to Broja becoming a regular
The default Broja could have won more first-team opportunities with Lukaku and Werner off the pitch.
The duo were largely used by Tuchel as his main strikers last season despite being utterly frustrated.
Lukaku’s return to the Blues for a club record £97.8m ended in dire circumstances.
The Belgian striker won the title of top scorer for the Stamford Bridge team with 15 goals in 43 appearances.
Werner scored 11 goals in 37 games for Tuchel’s side last season but 26 goals between the pair is not good enough for a Chelsea club by standards.
The west London club look unlikely to bring in a new striker this transfer window, which bodes well for Broja.
He could further develop into a top striker in the Premier League and could make his own Bridge forward position.
Tuchel has previously commented on Broja’s situation, saying (via Chelsea Official website):
‘I don’t expect him to go. We are aware of the interest and offers, which just tells us that there is a lot of potential, ultimately the owner and I will make this decision together with the players. “
‘Right now when he comes in, it’s clear that he’s trying to impress and is just trying to be a Chelsea player as soon as possible. After his loan at Southampton, the situation was clear for him to take the next step, showing his improvement and making an impression in the pre-season. “