Chelsea forward Armando Broja credits his parents for fast Premier League rise
Chelsea forward Armando Broja has opened up on how his family’s relentless hours dedicated to him becoming a professional have helped him in his quick Premier League rise.
Broja came of age last season, during a loan spell with Southampton, turning out for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side 32 times and gaining many plaudits along the way.
The Albanian international confessed it was his father’s strong mentality that helped him grow quickly in the football world and he owes everything to his family.
Speaking to The Players’ Tribune YouTube channel, Broja highlighted his family’s importance to his growth as a footballer and credited them for his strong mentality, namely his father.
“He’s always been so desperate to succeed and for his kids to succeed. Growing up, there wasn’t a minute to waste. Time was the most precious thing to him,” Broja said.
“I remember when I was young and just starting off in football, he’d come home from work late and he’d be exhausted. It might be like 10 or 11 at night and he might’ve worked a 15-hour day, but he’d always ask, ‘Armando, have you done your training today?’
“We joke now that my success is 50-50. Half mine, half his and my mum’s. They put in the work you don’t see. In those early years, though, the balance was way more on their side.”
The young Chelsea forward may finally have his chance to shine under new boss Graham Potter, he’s a coach notorious for promoting youth.
Broja has proven he’s Premier League ready, he was sensational during his loan spell at Southampton last season and Chelsea should reap the rewards of his talents.
Pacey and powerful, the Albania international has all the attributes to be a top forward for years to come, especially in the physically demanding Premier League.
If he fails to impress Potter, then there’s no doubt another Premier League juggernaut will come looking for his signature, he’s a wanted man.
Nevertheless, Chelsea stood firm on keeping him this summer for a reason, so I expect them to play Broja in some shape or form this campaign.
Whether that is utilising his devastating pace and power from the bench when opposing defences are tired or leading the line from the start remains to be seen.
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