On Armando Broja and Development

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March 24, 2020

Exactly one year before Armando Broja made his Chelsea first-team debut against Everton, he was a second-half substitute for a toiling Under-18 team heading for a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, who were about to end the academy’s four-year reign as South section champions. Far from showing glimpses of the potential that would see him become one of the club’s twenty-five youngest debutants, he was so far off the radar that…

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The Loan Report: Taking Stock

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March 18, 2020

There was almost no loanee action last week, and there will none for the foreseeable future, as the Coronavirus public health situation continues to develop around the world. With the regular Loan Report therefore on hiatus, it provides us with a useful opportunity to take stock of this season’s army, and consider what lies in store for everyone when football eventually resumes. A Blue Tomorrow? Every loan army group can…

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Academy Debutants – Who’s Next?

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March 16, 2020

When Armando Broja entered the field of play at Stamford Bridge towards the end of Chelsea’s handsome 4-0 win over Everton a fortnight ago, he became the eighth academy debutant of Frank Lampard’s maiden season in charge. The Albania Under-21 international followed in the footsteps of Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin, Ian Maatsen, Marc Guehi and Tariq Lamptey in what has been a record-breaking campaign for academy…

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The Loan Report: March 2-8

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March 8, 2020

Matt Miazga leads the way in this week’s Loan Report after he celebrated a recent return to action with a goal; one generally unbecoming of centre back but, as we’ve discovered this season, he’s not like most centre-backs. Headliners His only previous goal this season came in October, when a spectacular stoppage-time volley secured Reading three points at home to Preston. The American international then missed six weeks of the…

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Development Squad: Chelsea 1-0 Everton

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March 2, 2020

Clinton Mola and Tariq Lamptey are gone. Charlie Brown, George McEachran and Marc Guehi have departed on loan. Levi Colwill may be done for the season injured. Faustino Anjorin, Billy Gilmour and Armando Broja are with the first team and Marcel Lavinier is trialling elsewhere. Chelsea’s Development Squad continues to be decimated by most fair standards but, as they beat Everton 1-0 courtesy of a late Luke McCormick penalty, they…

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The Loan Report: February 24 – March 1

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March 1, 2020

The usual protagonists were back at it again this week as the Loan Report moves into March, which means the final stage of the season is pretty much here. Headliners It’s been a pretty good season for Iké Ugbo so far; despite the tumultuous off-field affairs at struggling Roda, he’s been able to kick-start a career that had seen him endure three unsuccessful loan spells in England. He made it…

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FA Youth Cup: Chelsea 1-0 Millwall

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February 27, 2020

Chelsea are back in the FA Youth Cup Semi Finals after a comfortable 1-0 win over Millwall at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening. A second-half strike by Armando Broja, his 20th of the season, was enough to steer the Blues to within one match of another Final, and it was ultimately a more comfortable win than the scoreline really reflected. Enjoying the lion’s share of possession and creating by many…

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The Loan Report: February 17-23

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February 23, 2020

It was a quiet week on the Loan Army front but, for one or two Chelsea players, it was nevertheless an important one. Headliners Kenedy takes the plaudits for his third goal of the season, a late effort off the bench that helped Getafe beat Ajax 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 match. It took a little deflection on its way in, but it…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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February 21, 2020

Chelsea returned to Under-18 Premier League action for the first time in three weeks with a resounding 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in a match that also saw new 17 year-old Norwegian forward Bryan Fiabema make his debut for the club. Myles Peart-Harris scored twice, once in either half, while Marcel Lewis and Dion Rankine also got in on the act in a performance that saw the Blues…

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The Loan Report: February 10-16

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February 16, 2020

Lucas Piazon and Mario Pašalić are two players on rather different career trajectories right now, but both were on the scoresheet this week, taking the Loan Army to a round 40 for the season. Headliners Pašalić is trending upwards and has been for some two years now. His seventh goal of the season for Atalanta came less than a minute after he came off the bench at home to Roma…

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