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Thomas Tuchel told how Armando Broja can rival Timo Werner at Chelsea amid Southampton form

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has outlined how Armando Broja can compete with Timo Werner at Chelsea once his latest Premier League loan spell comes to an end.

Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig for around £47million and the German had huge expectations on his shoulders after being so clinical in the Bundesliga.

However, since signing for the Blues, the 25-year-old has found the back of the net on just seven occasions in the Premier League – despite playing 44 times.

There has been a fair share of criticism aimed in the direction of Werner, and that has led to speculation over his future in west London with Man United reportedly keen to try and reignite his career under the guidance of Ralf Rangnick.

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But could the answer to Werner’s woes be closer to home?

Armando Broja has once again shown his top level credentials in Southampton’s most recent game against West Ham- a fixture in which he won the penalty that made it 2-1 courtesy of a cool finish from the ever-reliable James Ward Prowse.

That assist means he has seven goal contributions to his name in all competitions, and the Albanian will be hoping that he has more chances to impress Tuchel as the season progresses, along with fellow loanee Conor Gallagher who has been in fine form at Crystal Palace.

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If both were to impress, the expectation would be for the duo to play some form of role in Tuchel’s squad that will be aiming to challenge for silverware at the highest level.

With both Werner (3.2 xG) and Broja (2.7 xG) having similar traits as shown in their expected goal rates, they both could push each other on to better things next season, and Hasenhuttl has described in what way Saints’ No.18 can push the German international to his maximum limit.

“He’s quick, [Armando] Broja is super-quick. [West Ham] had problems with him in the first game,” said Hasenhuttl after the win at the London Stadium via Hampshire Live.

“He is very important [for Southampton], yes absolutely.

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“He gets better and better, and he likes it here with us.”

Hasenhuttl then added on Broja’s situation ahead of January: “He likes to play with us.

“He feels comfortable here and is willing to learn to work hard, and this is what we do.”

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Other stats to show the 20-year-old’s credentials to compete with Werner, as per FBref.com, is that so far in this 2021/22 campaign, Broja ranks within the top 10 in the league for non-penalty goals per 90 minutes (10th- 0.51) and goals and shots per game (10th- 0.22).

No wonder Chelsea fans are keen to see their future star boy don the Blue jersey in the near future, with some even claiming that he could be the long-term successor to Diego Costa.

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