Broja’s first Premier League start, PL’s first goal gives Southampton first win
We had started to wonder if and when Armando Broja would finally have his chance in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Premier League at Southampton. The young Chelsea player has already scored twice for Albania this season, and also twice for the Saints in the League Cup. Meanwhile, Southampton were still looking for their first league win, after seven tries.
On Saturday, after four substitute appearances of around 20 minutes each, Broja had her chance from the start – and duly rewarded that faith with a goal (her first ever in the Premier League), which proved enough to secure Southampton all three points, and their first win of the season, against Leeds United.
It wasn’t exactly a complicated ending as Nathan Redmond put it on a plateau, but Broja was threatening throughout his 80+ minutes of action, and could have also scored another goal or passed an assist. decisive.
The 20-year-old was clearly blown away by his first strike – truly one of those dream-come true moments – while also giving the rest of the squad a lot of deserved credit, as all great teammates should.
“It’s amazing. The boys were unreal today and the way we insisted and stuck to the game plan, the way we defended. From defense to goalie to offense, I thought we We were classy I can’t thank the boys enough, I thought they were unreal.
“Like I said before that, I have dreamed of this moment since I was a child; get my first Premier League start and a goal to come with it. I couldn’t have asked for more. It was an unreal day, but you have to thank the boys because they were amazing today. Nathan Redmond put it on a plate for me and I just had to finish it.
-Armando Broja; source: Southampton FC
Hopefully the first of many other Premier League goals for young Armando!