Armando Broja’s Maiden Loan: Albanian youngster set for next test
A familiar sight. Broja celebrates scoring for the young Blues,  this time in a=n FA Youth Cup 6th round match vs Millwall. (c) Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images 

A common tale, slightly re-written, a new author perhaps, looking to put their own stamp on a familiar tale. 

Another Chelsea youngster has found himself in the now way too familiar yellow of Vitesse Arnhem, with the latest author being the Blues' young striking sensation, Armando Broja

The youngster, now sent out on loan by manager Frank Lampard, made one topflight appearance last-term, coming on as a late substitute against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, in a four-nil romping of the Toffees at Stamford Bridge

The Albanian, who is yet to make a senior appearance for his national team’s senior side, took to Instagram to express his pleasure at signing for Vitesse in the top Dutch league, for the 2020/2021 campaign. 

Speaking to his forty-three thousand followers, he said: “I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the year

“I can’t wait to get started at this amazing club”

A classy operator 

For any onlooker that has had the pleasure to witness Broja first-hand, the immediate quality you would immediately notice is his scary and somewhat inhumane technical ability. 

His goalscoring record lays fact to that as well, with him scoring 19 goals in 32 games across all competitions at youth level last season, which include 9 goals in 9 games in the Under 18 Premier League before it was concluded early, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The impressive form from the youngster continued in his first outing for his new side as they continued their build up to the new season in the Netherlands

Broja scored twice against fellow Dutch outfit Go Ahead Eagles, with his second goal, and in particular his first touch in the build-up to carrying the ball towards the 18-yard box, reminiscent of some of current Blues striker Tammy Abraham’s play during the course of the last campaign. 

A familiar journey 

Many a Chelsea youngster has hopped on a flight over the North Sea to embark on their next footballing journey, in the hope of one day becoming the next big thing in SW6. 

The normal course of events however would usually see the youngster in question either shipped out on loan or given away for peanuts due to former Chelsea boss’ not having the nerve to introduce them to topflight football at the club. 

That was until Frank Lampard was placed in the SW6 hotseat last summer, with the former England international having handed no less than eight full debuts to academy products in his first season as Blues manager.

This undoubtedly give hope to the young Albanian attacker, who at one stage would have wondered if he would be given a proper shot at first-team football at Stamford Bridge, just like many youngsters before him. 

If you’re a person who likes predicting the futures of players then you probably would not have to look far in Chelsea’s ranks to find a story that could well be similar to that of the Albanian boy on his first adventure overseas. No less than three years ago, current Blues and England playmaker, Mason Mount, was making that same short-trip across the sea into mainland Europe.

Mount enjoyed a highly successful campaign with Vitesse, scoring 14 times in all competitions and winning their player of the year award.

No doubt Broja will be hoping for similar success when his maiden Men’s football campaign gets underway next month.