Chelsea loanee Armando Broja praised by Frank Lampard ahead of Southampton v Everton

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Chelsea loanee Armando Broja celebrates during Southampton's Premier League clash with Tottenham

Chelsea academy product Armando Brojo has shone on loan at Southampton this season (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard says he was well aware of Armando Broja’s pace, strength and ‘eye for goal’ at Chelsea and believes the striker poses a significant threat to his Everton side ahead of their trip to Southampton.

Broja left boyhood club Chelsea to join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints on loan last August and the 20-year-old has turned heads with a string of outstanding performances this season, scoring eight goals in 24 appearances.

It was Lampard who gave Broja his professional debut as Chelsea put four goals past Everton back in March 2020 and the young forward is preparing to face the Toffees for the only second time in his career on Saturday.

However, Lampard will be watching on as an opposition manager this time around and the Albania international – who has been linked with Arsenal in recent days – will hope to send his old boss a reminder of his undoubted talent at St Mary’s.

Southampton will be buoyed by their recent 1-1 draw away to Manchester United and victory over Everton this weekend could see them close the gap on ninth-placed Brighton to just one point.

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Asked whether he was aware of Broja while in charge of Chelsea, Lampard told reporters on Thursday: ‘Well I gave him his debut at Chelsea so I did know him!

‘He’s a very nice, very good lad and a very talented young boy.

‘He came into us at the start of the Covid times, trained with us and showed the attributes that I think you’re seeing now in the Premier League at Southampton.

‘He’s fast, strong, has a real eye for goal and he’s a very, very good young player so I’m very aware of his strengths in a Southampton team playing very well.

‘This Southampton team have been together a long time under the same manager with a very firm idea. Through the tough times they’ve been through they stick together and keep working in the same direction.

‘That’s the sign of a strong club with belief in a manager and a manager with belief in his players.

‘They’re in very good form at the moment so it will be a very tough match for us.’

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Lampard gave Broja his Chelsea debut against Everton in March 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Lampard hopes his Everton squad use their comprehensive 3-0 win over Leeds as encouragement when they take to the field versus Southampton.

‘Hopefully it helps. It was a very good performance. We know that and we’ve analysed that ourselves, the really good parts of it and also the few bits that we want to improve on,’ he added.

‘It’s good for the confidence of the group. Coming here with quite a long, difficult run of results so that clearly can give you a bounce.

‘But I think we have to keep ourselves very settled and understand that it’s just one result.

‘We’ve had two wins, one in the cup and one in the league, but there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s a nice template to move forward from.’

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Everton sit 16th in the table after their resounding win over Leeds (Picture: Getty)

Everton had managed just three clean sheets prior to their victory over Leeds and Lampard feels the side’s doggedness when out of possession was ‘one of the big plusses’ from the display.

‘The important thing is winning games in the Premier League. With the level of it you can concede goals and you just try and find a way to limit the opportunities for the other team,’ he went on.

‘That was one of the big plusses of the Leeds match, that we pressed well in their half and we didn’t allow them territory which they generally have in their game against opposition.

‘It means they stayed far away from our goal. They had a couple of long-range efforts.

‘There were nice bits about how we kept that clean sheet which we have to work with moving forward, of course it helps in a big way.

‘But it’s very much a team effort in terms of keeping clean sheets, as is attacking, so we work consistently on both sides of that.’


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