Chelsea can repeat Armando Broja’s trick to ease Thomas Tuchel’s £114m burden amid striker headache – Jake Stokes
Chelsea starlet Jude Soonsup-Bell will be looking to continue his rich vein of form ahead of the development team’s clash with Manchester United in Premier League 2. The 18-year-old striker has found the net twice in each of his two previous appearances. for Andy Myers’ side, with goals against Nottingham Forrest and Liverpool.
The future academy graduate, who made his senior debut against Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, is considered one of the west London club’s brightest talents. While Chelsea’s development squad endured a lackluster campaign, with an FA Youth Cup exit on Monday and relegation on the cards, Soonsup-Bell stepped in to rejuvenate the Blues’ season.
Myers’ side sit second-to-bottom in the league with two games to go against Everton, who lead Chelsea by just four points. The west Londoners won the Premier League 2 title in 2020 before dropping 14 points from a successive honor the following season as Manchester City claimed the winners.
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Soonsup-Bell has often trained with the first team, giving Thomas Tuchel the opportunity to build relationships. The Chelsea boss has praised the striker following his first start for the club against the Bees.
“They did well,” said Tuchel when asked about Soonsup-Bell, Xavier Simons and Harvey Vale’s performance against Brentford. “They hadn’t trained for a week, then we invited them to train, and they had two sessions with us.
“They listened carefully and did their job. All credit goes to the seven guys they played with. They paid attention and made sure they did the right thing.”
With the England youth international firmly on Tuchel’s radar, Chelsea’s clash with United presents a great opportunity for Soonsup-Bell to claim a growing first-team role for years to come. The Blues hope the teenage talisman can emulate Armando Broja’s meteoric rise to stardom.
The Chelsea loanee enjoyed a successful season under Ralph Hasenhuttl at St Mary’s, scoring six goals in 17 Premier League starts. Broja’s brilliant displays for Southampton caught the eye of Arsenal, football.london understands, creating a dilemma in the summer.
Despite growing interest, west Londoners don’t have to cash in. The Albania international has proven he’s ready to fight against Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner for a place in Tuchel’s starting XI.
So, if Soonsup-Bell continues to elevate his game, the youngster must use Broja’s development as a model. The Albanian was quickly thrown into the deep end, having been loaned out to Vitesse in the Eredivisie, which turned out to be incredibly successful.
A similar route through Chelsea’s infamous loan system could be the creation of Soonsup-Bell. By doing so, Tuchel could then relieve the burden of the Blues from Lukaku and Werner.
The duo have a combined market value of £114m but have scored just 19 goals combined in 65 games this season. In times of financial uncertainty, future owners should not be afraid to put Cobham to good use.