Ralph Hasenhuttl says on-loan Chelsea striker Armando Broja has done very well in the task he has been given this season.
As cited by the club website, the Southampton manager noted Broja’s strong contributions as a substitute and starter over the past few months.
Broja a luminous spark
The 20-year-old is settling into life on the south coast quite well, after a relatively difficult introduction to his new employers.
After racking up 86 minutes in Southampton’s first seven Premier League games, the Albania international has since played almost nine hours of top-flight football.
December can definitely be a decent time for the striker.
He scored against Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace, two efforts that should have been winners had Saints held on to their lead.
Broja also scored consecutively in October, earning four valuable points for Hasenhuttl’s side.
His tally of four goals could increase this weekend when Southampton hopefully travel to West Ham United, covid protocols allowing.
The last meeting between the two teams – a 0-0 draw – saw Broja appear for his current employers for only the second time in the league.
“I remember when he came in he had a couple of good chances in that game,” Hasenhuttl said of that stalemate at St. Marys.
“He’s good as a substitute and he’s also shown in the past that he can start. He scored four goals after such a good start, a good average to be honest.
“He took his chance because of Ché’s (Adams) injury. He was there and he did everything to give him a chance.
“That’s what you have to do as a young player.”
hammer the hammers
With Adams and Adam Armstrong still recovering from injury, it will fall to Broja to lead the line again.
A job that he has not yet hesitated.
Chelsea may be keeping tabs on their academy graduate’s presentation over the weekend as he continues to plan his future plans.
Broja will certainly help his future at Stamford Bridge if he can secure one at West Ham.