In a recent segment with NUFC Matters, journalist Ross Gregory tipped Newcastle United to land Chelsea forward Armando Broja on loan during this summer transfer window. Gregory said,
“Broja’s the one I think that there could still be some movement on between now and the end of the window, once the Chelsea season starts, he sees where he fits into [Chelsea’s] forward options and he realises, ‘actually, I might not be getting a sniff here’. I think there could be another loan deal late on in the window for Broja.”
Broja’s Recent Loan Spell At St. Mary’s Stadium
Broja had a productive loan spell at Southampton recently after he put in a series of impressive displays as a key member of their frontline. The Albanian sensation netted nine goals and earned one assist in 38 matches for the Saints last season in various competitions.
The 20-year-old showed some flashes of what he is capable of by averaging 1.4 shots and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he lacked quality when distributing possession in the opponent’s half, based on his pass completion rate of 61.4% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
Is Broja A Decent Option For Newcastle United Boss Eddie Howe?
Broja can use his pace to make a few impressive runs with the ball in the final third. He can strike the ball well from long range and can score a handful of important goals for his team.
Newcastle United can definitely use someone of the Albanian’s skillset to add more firepower to their attack for the upcoming campaign.
Eddie Howe has currently got Callum Wilson and Chris Wood fighting for a regular starting spot in his first XI. Broja is good enough to offer some serious competition for them if the Magpies can find a way to bring him on board this month.
Eddie Howe would be wise to try and secure the Albanian sensation’s services during this transfer window even if it is on a loan deal as the promising forward has got the potential to help the Tyneside outfit challenge for a top seven finish in the Premier League next season.