Chelsea academy graduate Armando Broja told he has ‘big future’ after scoring in Wolves win


Chelsea academy graduate Armando Broja has been told he has a ‘big future’ after scoring his first goal for the club in their routine Premier League win over Wolves. Broja has been at Stamford Bridge since 2009, spending more than a decade in the club’s academy before breaking into the first-team squad in 2020.

The Albania international made his Chelsea debut under Frank Lampard but has barely featured since, spending last season on loan at Southampton and playing for Vitesse the year before.

Broja looks to have more of a part to play at Chelsea this season, however, and registered his first goal for the club in a comprehensive 3-0 win over struggling Wolves on Saturday.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic scored either side of half-time and second-half substitute Broja came off the bench to round off an emphatic display with a late goal. Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 Live:

‘That is an important goal for him, these Chelsea fans love Armando Broja because he comes on and puts in so much effort. He is selfless but is also a target man. ‘A lot of people have been talking about Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang but do not write off Broja. I think he has got a big future.’

On Chelsea’s win in general, Nevin added:

‘Potter makes seven changes pre-game and all them substitutions now and Chelsea don’t look any weaker. ‘That is one thing Chelsea have right now is that they can make seven, eight, nine changes and they don’t weaken the side noticeably. I don’t think Chelsea fans were ever worried by the changes.’

Chelsea have now won three matches in a row under new manager Graham Potter, while the 3-0 victory sees them move to within one point of fourth-placed Tottenham. Blues goalscorer Havertz said:

‘In general, I’m very happy. 3-0 is a good result in front of our fans. Good atmosphere and good game. ‘It’s always a great feeling to score. We needed that goal before half-time. It’s good to go into the changing room at 1-0. ‘We have a big squad, a lot of good players. We’re all together in this. Today we had a lot of changes but everyone is involved in every game.

‘We have to be positive, even those who don’t play. Armando gets a chance and scores straight away. ‘Tuesday is the next one, a big game in the Champions League. We have to recover well and go again.’

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