Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino have made their first important decision in preparation for the January transfer window. According to football.london, the Blues are unlikely to lose many players during the winter transfer window, with Cobham graduate Armando Broja one player who might leave amid links to West Ham and Fulham.
The Albania international has battled to get consistent minutes since returning from a long-term knee injury, although providing vital moments in games against Fulham and Manchester City despite a setback in his recuperation.
With the anticipated return of Christopher Nkunku and plans to add a striker in January, Broja’s chances of playing time may become even more limited. Despite this, the Evening Standard reports that the Blues are willing to turn down a bid from Fulham for Broja if one comes in.
According to the report, Broja has no wish to go with a more important position due to be assigned to him by Pochettino. The 22-year-old, who signed a new six-year contract last year, has played only 143 league minutes this season, recording one goal and one assist.
Broja highlighted his limited opportunities this season in an interview with The Secret Scout, stating why he is not disappointed by his lack of playing time. “A lot of players would get frustrated with a lack of minutes, but for me, I know I’ve come back from a big injury,” he said. “I need to show and prove myself to the manager, staff, club, and fans once more.” “I consider myself fortunate to be in this position.”
Keeping Broja will also be vital for Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku. With the AFCON in January, Jackson will be missing for a few of games, which may give Broja additional opportunities in the starting XI.
Nkunku is expected to be a regular starter upon his return from injury, but Pochettino is expected to take minimal risks, which will require the France international being gradually re-integrated. As a result, having Broja available will be critical, as Nkunku may take some time to catch up.