Chelsea’s forgotten man desperate to prove his worth at Euro 2024

One Chelsea forward is looking forward to Euro 2024 (Imago/Pro Sports Images)


Armando Broja is keen to make a statement at Euro 2024 (Imago/Pro Sports Image)

Chelsea’s forgotten man desperate to prove his worth at Euro 2024

Seye Omidiora 22:30 - 05.06.2024

The Blues player aims to show everyone his ability at the imminent European Championship.

Chelsea striker Armando Broja hopes to have a strong European Championship with Albania to banish his 18 months of hell. 

Broja sustained a serious knee injury in December 2022 and has struggled to find consistent playing time since returning. 

The young striker featured intermittently after returning last season but Mauricio Pochettino was reluctant to throw him in the deep end. 

Broja was then sent out on loan for game time at Fulham but just 82 minutes of game time followed at Craven Cottage. 

Armando Broja
Armando Broja picked up a knee injury during the game against Aston Villa in 2022

Speaking to The Athletic, Broja reflected on the previous 18 months, Pochettino and the imminent Euro 2024 finals. 

“If I am involved, it will be an opportunity to show people who I am and what I am about,” said the striker. “Every time I think about it, it brings a smile to my face. I have been dreaming my whole life to be a part of something like this.

"I will use all the negativity as fuel to prove people wrong. I have had to do that all my life and this European Championship provides me with that opportunity — to show I am back from my injury, that I can do it against some of the best countries in the world, some of the best defenders, some of the best players.

“I just want to show the world — my country, my family, myself, people who have doubted me, people who have supported me — that I can achieve my expectations and become the player I know I can.”

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Despite limited match time for Chelsea and Fulham in 2023-24, Broja was named in Albania’s Euro 2024 squad. 

He netted in a pre-tournament friendly against Liechtenstein, scoring his nation’s second in the 3-0 win. 

Albania have been handed a challenging draw at the Euros, with games against Italy, Croatia and Spain in Group B.