Conte delivers Tottenham team news ahead of Chelsea clash
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Chelsea are planning for a future with Armando Broja leading their line, according to reports. The promising forward was loaned out to Southampton by Thomas Tuchel at the start of the season, in a bid to get some much needed first-team experience in the Premier League.
And the Albanian has impressed under Ralph Hasenhuttl, scoring seven goals, and contributing one assist in 19 appearances in all competitions.
His second-half goal in the Saints’ 4-1 home victory against Brentford, was a display of all his excellent traits, as he used his excellent pace to burst ahead of the Bees’ defence, before sliding his effort underneath the goalkeeper.
While he is highly valued at the Chelsea academy, his four minute cameo in a 4-0 victory against Everton in March 2020 remains his only first team appearance for the west Londoners.
However, transfer insider Fabrizio Romano claims the Albanian striker is in the Blues’ long-term plans.
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“Chelsea are already planning with talented Armando Broja as part of their future project,” Romano tweeted.
The news would be a huge blow to Hasenhuttl, as he stated his desire to sign Broja permanently, after the 20-year-old’s excellent performance against Brentford.
“Sure, he likes it here,” Hasenhuttl said when asked if he believes Broja could potentially sign permanently.
“He loves it here. It would be great if he was our player, he wants to be with us I think, you can feel this in every moment. The fans love him meanwhile, good.”
The news of Broja’s long-term future with the Blues would raise plenty of eyebrows, considering the Blues’ transfer activity when it comes to strikers in recent years.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who have both played as a centre-forward under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, were bought for a combined £105m in the summer of 2020.
After the German duo struggled with the intrinsic pressures of leading Chelsea’s frontline, the Blues forked out a club-record £97.5m to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
However, the Blues’ search for a striker does not appear to be over, as they have frequently been linked with a move for Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.
The imperious Norwegian will be at the centre of one of the most spectacular transfer tussles in the summer, as his £68million release clause will become activated in the summer.
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However, Broja also said that he feels “at home” at Southampton, despite the fact he is only set to be at the St Mary’s Stadium until the end of the season.
“The reception here has been amazing, they have made me feel at home, it’s going well,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day after the win over Brentford.
“I don’t think too much about stuff outside of football, I’m trying to help my team with goals, assists and points and overall performances.
“It’s going well, I’m trying to keep focussed and I don’t think too much about that stuff.
“I’m young so it’s important for me to keep my feet on the ground and just keep helping the team so I just try to help the team as much as possible.”
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