Who is Armando Broja? The Chelsea youngster with a new FIVE year contract
With Olivier Giroud already gone, and Tammy Abraham rumoured to be on his way out, Chelsea appear all-in for Erling Haaland, but young striker Armando Broja will be hoping to pick up the pieces.
The Albanian international spent last season on loan at Vitesse, but with No.9 options limited at Stamford Bridge, he may be rewarded with a back-up role, with the possibility of playing in the cup competitions.
He has bucked the very recent trend of Chelsea youngsters by signing a new five-year deal to keep him at the club until 2026, rather than look elsewhere.
After the success stories of Mason Mount, Reece James and the aforementioned Abraham, among a few others, Chelsea now look back to their old tricks. Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi have been sold, whilst several promising academy players have rejected new contracts due to a lack of a pathway to the first-team.
Broja has done the opposite, however, and has committed to the Blues, but what should you expect from him?
What position does Armando Broja play?
Broja is a centre forward. He's played their throughout his time at Chelsea, and unlike some strikers who can play out wide, he's solely a No.9.
How old is Armando Broja?
Broja was born on September 10, 2001, making him 19-years-old.
What is Armando Broja's height?
Broja is six-foot, three-inches tall.
How good is Armando Broja?
Broja is rated extremely highly at Chelsea, and the club view him as a future star. He was handed his first-team debut aged just 18 when he appeared off the bench in a routine Premier League victory over Everton in March 2020.
He also made his senior Albania debut at 18, and started in a World Cup qualifier against England earlier in 2021.
He spent 2020/21 on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, and just like Mount before him, impressed in the Eredivisie. He netted 11 goals in all competitions, 24 starts, and helped the side to a top-four finish and to the KNVB Cup final.
His ability in front of goal has been demonstrated through the Chelsea academy, and in the 2019/20 season, he scored 12 goals and assisted one in 19 games for the U18 and U23 side.
Due to his height, Broja is often used as a target man, but he is deceptively quick, and is most certainly a penalty-box predator, with many of his goals coming via rebounds, or simply being in the right place at the right time. His link-up play is excellent, and he often receives the ball in a deep position, finds his winger and makes his way into the box.
It's likely that he'll need to further himself out on loan again, but Broja is a talented forward with an eye for goal, and he's shown that he is at least ready for a shot at the first-team.
What football boots does Armando Broja wear?
Broja wears Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 boots.
Who is Armando Broja's agent?
Broja is represented by First Access Sports.
What is Armando Broja's Instagram?
Broja's Instagram account has 86.9k followers as of July, 2021.