Chelsea’s Albanian starlet Armando Broja is not fazed over the prospect of competing with veteran striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang for a starting place.
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Speaking to Football.London about whether he felt he could break into the starting XI under Tuchel, the Albanian international said: “I have always been a confident boy and it is important to keep that and remain confident.
“I feel like I can help the team a lot. I will do my best on and off the pitch in any way I can. I believe I can.”
He added: “If you’re on the bench you now have more opportunities to come on [with five substitutions]. So everybody is preparing themselves mentally and physically for whenever the manager calls on you. That can happen at any point; last minute, halftime, at any point depending on how the game’s going. It’s about being ready and expecting it and staying focused.”
Speaking on Chelsea’s addition of Aubameyang, Broja said: “He is a great player and has done a lot in his career so far. Now he has come to Chelsea, I can learn a lot from him.”
Broja’s latest admission presents further evidence as to why Boehly and co have signed the starlet up on a long-term contract.
Not only did he prove his ability as a top division goalscorer last season, scoring six goals in 32 appearances for Southampton, but in his latest act, he has demonstrated a level of maturity in his attitude which bodes well for his future at the club.
The Albanian quietly backs himself as a marksman in front of goal, and having scored a total of 41 goals throughout his professional career so far, there is no wonder as to why that is.
Broja seems content playing as an understudy to Aubameyang and is bound to learn an abundance within the next couple of seasons, when he is hopefully ready to lead the Chelsea attack.
With his attitude, work-rate and potential considered, he is a Thomas Tuchel dream, and a star who can go far at Stamford Bridge.