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Newcastle United To Rival West Ham United For This Chelsea Forward: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Mirror stated that Newcastle United are set to rival West Ham United in the race to sign Chelsea forward Armando Broja. It is understood that the Hammers are worried that the Magpies are going to pip them in the chase to land the Albanian sensation.

Broja’s Impressive Loan Spell At The St. Mary’s Stadium

Broja had a fruitful loan spell at Southampton last season when he put in a series of positive displays as the focal point of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s attack. The 20-year-old found the back of the net on nine occasions and earned one assist in 38 matches for the Saints in the previous campaign across various competitions.

The Albania international caught the eye in the final third by averaging 1.4 shots and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he was a bit untidy with his ball distribution after making 61.4% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 26: 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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Newcastle United To Rival West Ham United For Broja: Is He Worth The Fight?

Broja has got decent pace under his belt and can make a few driving runs with the ball in the attacking third of the pitch. He can be a tidy finisher in front of the opponent’s goal when he is playing with confidence on the pitch.

The Albania international can lead the line well on his own or play alongside someone up top. Hence, he would fit the bill perfectly at Newcastle where he will get a proper chance to feature every week in top-flight football.

At 20, Broja has got the potential to become a real star in the Premier League, so the Magpies will do well to win the race for his services during this summer transfer period.

We can expect him to inject some much-needed firepower into Eddie Howe’s attacking department at St. James’ Park. Plus, he could even help the Tyneside outfit fight for a European spot in the English top tier next season. Therefore, he is well worth the fight if Newcastle are serious about signing him before the end of this transfer window.

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