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Leeds United, Everton and Wolves have all taken part in the race for Chelsea star Armando Broja, TEAMtalk understands.
The center forward has enjoyed a successful campaign on loan at Southampton from the Blues. His record stands at seven goals from 21 matches, including five in the Premier League.
It is not only Broja’s keen eye for goals that has been impressive. The Slough-born player, who represents Albania on the international stage, gets admirers for his overall game. He causes the opposition defenders all sorts of problems.
Chelsea have a big decision on their hands as they have to assess whether Broja can get into the first team at Stamford Bridge.
If it is a no, then they must decide whether he will go permanent or on loan during 2022-23.
TEAMtalk has learned that Southampton have made it clear that they would like to keep him beyond the current campaign. However, they now have challengers for his signature.
Three new clubs into Armando Broja
Leeds, Everton and Wolves have all been impressed with the 20-year-old’s deadly performance and now look set to enter the transfer race, TEAMtalk understands.
Leeds have struggled in attack this period due to the absence of Patrick Bamford. The Englishman has dealt with several injuries and the Whites want to make sure they do not fall short again.
Everton, who are currently without a manager following the sacking of Rafa Benitez, have Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison as first-choice attackers. But as Calvert-Lewin attracts attention from Arsenal, Toffees sees Broja as a potential replacement on Merseyside.
Wolves, meanwhile, have talisman striker Raul Jimenez back from a long hiatus and have recently made Hwang Hee-chan’s loan switch permanent. Broja wanted to give extra competition for the seats at Molineux together with the young Fabio Silva.
Hasenhuttl explains Broja’s success
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl recently hinted at why Broja is doing so well at St Mary’s.
“I think everything we promised them before he came here has come true. This is always a good argument for you as a club, “said Hasenhuttl (via Sports Illustrated).
“Very often you get told a lot of things (in football), and then you don’t get anything out of it. This is not only for Broja, but also for Tino Livramento and the other young boys who come to us.
“We tried to offer them what we promised them – and this is an honest way to deal with them that will help you get here and find your role in this club faster.”
He added: “He has had his best partner Tino from the first moment with him. He is with Nathan Tella, Will Smallbone – all the young boys – even Dynel Simeu, who is also a player from Chelsea.
“Here we have a couple of young boys who are always training with us and who are always connected. We call them the ‘Boys Group’. It’s great for him to be with them now. I think that’s why that he loves this so much.
“When you as a player get the feeling that what you’ve been told to do helps you develop your game, then you do it and you like to do it.”