Adding to a growing list of potential summer centre-forward targets, Arsenal are now monitoring Armando Broja of Chelsea.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Armando Broja of Southampton runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on February 12, 2022. (Photo by Nathan Stirk / Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Armando Broja of Southampton runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on February 12, 2022. (Photo by Nathan Stirk / Getty Images)

Football.London report that Arsenal are monitoring Chelsea striker Armando Broja ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 20-year-old is currently impressing on loan with Southampton, scoring eight goals so far in his first senior campaign in English football.

The Albania international also has three goals and two assists in his four World Cup qualifiers this season, and he’s reportedly highly admired by Mikel Arteta.

There are certainly things to like about Broja. He carries the ball very well for a striker, he works hard out of possession, and he seems to be a good finisher when the chances fall his way.

The doubts I’d have would be about his link-up play, as he has a 58.5% pass accuracy and a selfishness about his play that’s reflected in a lack of assists and just 0.3 chances created per 90 minutes – despite playing with a strike partner at Southampton.

Some will say that a striker should be focused on scoring goals, but the best can create them too, making them unpredictable.

Not to mention that if your game is centred around scoring then you’d want more than six league goals by February.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Armando Broja of Southampton scores a goal which is later disallowed due to offside during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on January 22, 2022. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Armando Broja of Southampton scores a goal which is later disallowed due to offside during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium on January 22, 2022. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / Getty Images)

Still, Broja is extremely young, not even turning 21 until next season. If the talent is there, which it seems to be, then maybe the rest will come with time and the right coaching.

It’s just clear that with what Chelsea would likely charge Arsenal to sell, it would be a gamble.

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