By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

31st Aug, 2022 | 8:37am

Jason Cundy: 'Proper centre-forward' Armando Broja should start up front for Chelsea

Chelsea striker Armando Broja has been tipped to replace Kai Havertz up front, by talkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy.

The German striker is yet to score a goal this season with his performance up front during the Blues’ 2-1 loss to Southampton on 30 August being notably poor.

However, Broja replaced him in the 66th minute and impressed in his short cameo, so much so that Cundy has called for the 20-year-old to start in the Blues’ next Premier League game on Saturday (3 September).

Speaking on the talkSPORT Sports Bar (10:33pm, 30 August) Cundy said: “Broja, can I just say how brilliant he looked when he came on.

“He has got to start.

“Tuchel has got to start a proper centre-forward.”

Time for Broja?

Cundy is right when he says it is time that Thomas Tuchel starts a striker and ditches the Havertz false nine experiment that has been an undeniable failure.

Havertz, who is entering his third season at Stamford Bridge is a wonderful footballer and came to England as one of the world’s most promising players.

However, for all his gifts, leading the line as an out-and-out striker is not one of his strengths and that has been abundantly clear in recent weeks.

He prefers to get onto the ball and set up teammates who are running on beyond him, as opposed to being the player getting onto the end of opportunities or leading counter-attacks.

Broja on the other hand relishes in leading the line and excels when being the focal point in an attack, as shown by his impressive performances on loan at Southampton last season.

If Tuchel is to stick with the 3-4-3 formation that he has utilised since joining the club in 2021, it is time a natural number nine is placed at the top of the attack and Broja fits the bill.

In other Chelsea news, the club are in advanced talks to sign Josko Gvardiol.