Youth football expert has doubts over 'real handful' Armando Broja
We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…
Armando Broja was a goal machine for Chelsea at youth football level and continued that form on loan at Southampton last season.
The 20-year-old scored nine goals for the Saints in all competition having previously netted 11 for Vitesse in the Eredivisie the season before.
Chelsea refused to let him leave in the summer but Everton and Newcastle still remain interested in signing him when the January transfer window opens, as per Ben Jacobs.
The Albanian is getting more regular minutes at Stamford Bridge but Harry Hudson, the founder of the Kinetic Academy, is still not convinced with one area of his game.
“He’s been a real handful whenever I’ve seen him play,” Hudson said to The Football Wonderkids. “He’s a big, powerful boy but he’s playing second-fiddle to (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang at the moment.
“Aubameyang is coming towards the twilight of his career so he probably doesn’t mind coming off on 70 minutes every game which should be good for Broja.
“From what I’ve seen of him, he just needs to tidy up a bit technically and especially when the ball comes into him in the way (Graham) Potter likes to play.
“That’s the only side of his game I’m not sure about and whether he will end up being a top-four Premier League striker but if he doesn’t make the cut at Chelsea he should be a strong Premier League forward for years to come.”
Chelsea’s next Premier League game is a tough test at home to league leaders Arsenal while they take on Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday (2 November).
In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson knows new Chelsea man Joe Shields extremely well and hailed his recruitment ability, especially for young talent.