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Chelsea receive good news as West Ham sign budding star

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Cobham has long been one of the world’s premier producers of hot prospects. Chelsea, being the team they were under Roman Abramovich, didn’t have much time to sit and wait for the players to grow and develop. The only exception being the transfer ban year under Frank Lampard. The Blues developed a system called the Loan Army where they could send these youngsters to gain experience and ultimately keep them in their ranks. Now, however, that is not the case as the loan army begins to shrink to a tiny militia.

FIFA have imposed heavy restrictions on the number of loans each club can make, which severely limits how Chelsea can do business when it comes to their budding stars. English clubs have figured this out over the past few seasons and cracked the code. Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento are just two of the latest academy graduates to jump ship and join other Premier League sides. Fast forward to the present day, and Armando Broja and Levi Colwill are potentially looking to follow in their footsteps ahead of the start of the upcoming campaign in early August. However, West Ham United’s latest signing has cast serious doubts on the former’s ability to move.

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New West Ham signing heavily benefits Chelsea forward’s situation

David Moyes’ side added one of Europe’s most wanted young strikers on Monday afternoon when the Irons signed Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo. West Ham’s top priority this summer was to add a versatile and threatening striker who could play against Michail Antonio or as a lone striker. As the months dragged on, it apparently came down to Scamacca or Chelsea’s Broja. Scamacca was courted by Paris Saint-Germain, so the latter always seemed more likely. One thing that became clear early on was that the club could hardly sign both.

For some reason, Sassuolo’s talks with the Parisian giants fell through, opening the door for East Londoners. The Blues have consistently refused to play ball when it comes to Broja, despite a £30million offer from the Irons a few weeks ago which led to the signing of Scamacca. Now, as Moyes begins his preparations for the upcoming campaign, he has his shiny new toy in mind in attack, and Chelsea find themselves with Broja.

The Albanian national team star weighed his options during pre-season with many suitors calling. Everton, Newcastle, Southampton and a handful of other English clubs inquired about the Cobham graduate this summer. He did not participate in the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States due to injury. Either way, Thomas Tuchel insists that after the season he had with the Saints last year, he needs to be valued more within the first team.

Broja seems unhappy with his current situation, but as the summer drags on, his importance in SW6 continues to grow. Kai Havertz is the only recognized ‘striker’ who has a chance of making Chelsea’s first team for 2022/23. So far, the Blues have focused elsewhere in the transfer market, which means keeping Michy Batshuayi or Broja seem like the more realistic options at this stage.

Broja hasn’t exactly set the world on fire during his time at Southampton, but that’s no surprise. His nine goals and one assist in 38 games isn’t exactly a stunning comeback. Nevertheless, he can still do a job for the Blues next season. After all, Tammy Abraham was the team’s top scorer during his time under Frank Lampard, and he had had an awful spell with Swansea years before. It just shows that it’s not always about numbers. Strikers can’t score goals if the chance creators around them aren’t good enough, it’s a concept Chelsea fans know all too well. They can, however, do a job with better overall players around them, which Tuchel intends to do for the 20-year-old if he sticks around.

Given the choice between Batshuayi and Broja, it’s safe to assume which option many supporters would prefer. Broja is still very young and extremely talented. He’s been the subject of transfer rumors from some of Europe’s biggest clubs over the past 12 months, which should remind the Blues of the talent they have in their hands. Now that West Ham are out of the picture, Chelsea have a better chance of retaining Broja due to the fact that none of the other interested parties have submitted a concrete offer.

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