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West Ham United Likely To Move In For This Chelsea Forward: Good Choice For Moyes?

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In a recent edition of The Done Deal Show, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs revealed that West Ham United are likely to move in for Chelsea forward Armando Broja. When asked about Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus’ future club, Jacobs said,

“Arsenal are very much interested, there isn’t much substance to the Chelsea links, Newcastle have circled in the past, West Ham have looked at him, but they’re more likely to try and get Armando Broja from Chelsea for a lower fee.”

Broja’s Impressive Numbers In English Football

Broja managed to catch the eye with his performances while on loan at the St. Mary’s Stadium last season after producing a handful of impressive displays for the Saints over the past ten months. The Albanian talent has scored nine times and registered one assist in 38 matches for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side in the previous campaign across all fronts.

The 20-year-old proved his worth as a decent centre-forward by averaging 1.4 shots and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. However, he was a bit sloppy when interchanging possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 61.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Is Broja A Good Choice For West Ham United?

Broja can generate a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He can even use his quickness to make a few encouraging runs with the ball in the final third.

The Albania international is a decent finisher in front of the opposition goal but needs to work on improving his productivity in the attacking end of the field. His link-up play has also got a lot of room for improvement.

Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting Broja, so the Hammers would be wise to engineer a move to bring him to the London Stadium this summer.

The Chelsea forward could serve as a good back-up to Michail Antonio at the East London club. At 20, Broja has got a very bright future ahead of him which makes him a fine choice for West Ham boss David Moyes to consider during this summer transfer window.

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