After netting his first goal for the club where he spent his formative years on Saturday in Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Wolves, Armando Broja insisted he is not intimidated by rivals.
The Albanian international improved his already-burgeoning reputation while on loan at Southampton last season, and he nearly left the Blues permanently in the summer when West Ham showed a significant amount of interest.
Given the demanding schedule Graham Potter's team is facing, Chelsea made the decision to keep the talented 21-year-old striker on staff. He appears set to play an increasingly important role in the coming weeks.
Broja opened his account for the season with a superb low strike from just inside the penalty area after latching onto Mateo Kovacic's probing pass after coming on as a second-half substitute, providing Chelsea fans with a timely reminder of his quality.
After the VAR ruled that Broja was offside, he had to wait in suspense. However, the decision was made in his favor, giving him the chance to celebrate a moment that he will cherish for the rest of his career.
"It’s always a wait when they check for a possible offside," said Broja. "I was keeping my fingers crossed, but I thought I had timed my run well."
Thanks to the fans for the support. It’s unreal. I’ve been waiting for my first goal. It’s a surreal moment. I can’t put it into words. Onto Tuesday now. It was a good performance.
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