By Football Wonderkids speaking to Alex Barker

18th Oct, 2022 | 1:35pm

Journalist: Armando Broja 'likely' to become regular starter at Chelsea

We’re delighted to welcome freelance journalist Alex Barker, also known as Euro Expert, who has worked for Breaking The Lines, GFFN and more, as our exclusive columnist. Each week he will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Armando Broja has a great chance of becoming a regular starter for Chelsea after scoring his first Premier League goal for the club, says Alex Barker.

The Albanian hitman was expected to leave in the summer in search of regular football, but he stayed put at Stamford Bridge and has been rewarded with his first goal coming in the 3-0 win over Wolves.

Despite currently being behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order, Barker has suggested that getting young talent like Broja on side could help Graham Potter in the long run and that should see Broja start regularly sooner rather than later.

I think he’s likely to become a starter,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“There are already rumours that Aubameyang wants to leave and Havertz is so hit and miss.

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“He’s someone I identified I think two seasons ago when he was on loan at Vitesse, and I watched him and I wasn’t actually that keen on him. I don’t think he’d quite developed his pace by then.

“He was only getting a few touches per game and he got ten goals, but it seemed like the only thing he was offering to the team was goals. He seems to be a bit more well-rounded now.

“Maybe that’s going to help him. I think Graham Potter he likes to introduce some of his methods and yes, right now it’s going really well, but as every Chelsea manager does he’s likely to encounter some issues in the dressing room.

“I think the answer to that will be blooding a player like Armando Broja and getting him on side and getting him in that starting eleven.

“You’re more than likely going to lose money if you’re betting on a Chelsea striker to have a good career, but you know we’ll hold our breath.”

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