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Everton Eye Chelsea Striker As Richarlison Replacement: What Will He Add To Lampard’s Side?

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Pratik Das
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Recent reports from the Liverpool Echo state that Everton are keen on signing Chelsea striker Armando Broja in the ongoing transfer window as Frank Lampard looks set to add to his attacking options ahead of the 2022/23 season.

“When you look forward, you think about how you can strengthen in different areas, ‘How would this look?’. It is vital to get that right. It will be a big challenge for me and the club… to make sure we go in the right direction, because it is clear we don’t want to be fighting relegation and recruitment will be a big part of that.” – Lampard said on Tuesday.

What Will Broja Add To Lampard’s Side?

The Toffees are desperately looking to strengthen their attack following Richarlison’s £60 million departure to Tottenham Hotspur last week. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin expected to stay at Goodison Park next season, Lampard is targeting a young player to play the role of a supporting striker – and Armando Broja fits the bill perfectly. The 20-year-old has Premier League experience, and his previous relationship with the manager from his time at Chelsea would help him settle in quickly. Almost guaranteed a starting role in the line-up, Merseyside seems to be the perfect place for the Albanian striker’s development.

Chelsea's Armando Broja
Armando Broja of Albania is challenged by Rodri of Spain during the International Friendly match between Spain and Albania at RCDE Stadium on March 26, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Having come through the ranks at Chelsea, Armando Broja made his professional debut on 8 March 2020 in a 4–0 home win against Everton after coming on as a substitute for Olivier Giroud in the 86th minute.

“I gave him his debut at Chelsea. He’s a good lad, a very talented young boy. He came to us at the start of the Covid times and trained with us and is showing his attributes with Southampton now. Fast, strong. Has a real eye for goal. A very, very good player. I’m very aware of his strength.” – Lampard said ahead of Everton’s match with Southampton last season.

With six goals in 21 starts, the 20-year-old striker enjoyed a successful loan spell at St. Mary’s last term. Besides, he managed to put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board as he averaged 1.4 shots, one dribble, and 0.3 key passes per ninety minutes in the English top-flight.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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