Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are under the microscope this summer after the recent Champions League winners failed to kick on in the Premier League last season, finishing 18 points behind second-place Liverpool and well off the pace in the title race.
The Blues have secured multiple signings this summer for big fees after bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, and Marc Cucurella for a combined £128m while the club persists in working on deals for Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka and Inter Milan’s Cesare Casadei in the wake of securing United States starlet Gabriel Slolina from Chicago Fire for a further £7.5m.
Despite further interest in star names the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Wesley Fofana, Chelsea could be set to keep faith in one of their own after Albanian international Armando Broja has seemingly been given a chance to properly fight for his place in the first-team set up under Thomas Tuchel this season as reported by Simon Phillips via Jacob Steinberg.
Broja is coming off a very credible loan stint under Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton in 2021-22 where he ended the campaign as the first-choice striker at St. Mary’s stadium while his 9 goals in all competitions (6 in the Premier League) were good for second in the team behind star midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
Despite Hasenhüttl wanting to bring Broja back on a full deal this summer as well as West Ham and Newcastle both remaining keen on the 20-year-old Cobham academy product, Broja could benefit from the fact that the Blues lack a genuine center-forward after the loan departure of Romelu Lukaku.
The increasing likelihood that Timo Werner could also depart Stamford Bridge this summer would leave Tuchel with just Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz as his only two options in the number 9 role on account that both have been pressed into service there in the past.
Chelsea has, however, recently expressed interest in Red Bull Salzburg’s Slovenian wunderkind Benjamin Šeško after the 19-year-old has come to the fore this summer in pre-season performances for Die Roten Bullen after breaking into the first-team at Red Bull Arena last season, and has already bagged 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 appearances for RBS in the new campaign.
The Blues would have to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United if their interest in Šeško is genuine, but should a move not materialize for the full Slovenian international, Broja could soon find himself leading the line for a genuine European competitor and a potential Premier League winner.