Glen Johnson tells Chelsea to replace Romelu Lukaku with Armando Broja

Chelsea should ‘give Armando Broja a chance rather than spending £80m on a replacement for Romelu Lukaku,’ insists Glen Johnson – as he warns his former club against making another ‘scary money’ disaster signing

  • Chelsea spent £97.5m to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge last year
  • The transfer didn’t work out, though, and he has been loaned back to Inter Milan 
  • Chelsea could now decide to spend big on a replacement for the Belgian striker
  • Glen Johnson thinks they should save money by giving Armando Broja a chance

Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has urged the Blues to keep hold of Armando Broja rather than risk wasting £80m on a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea signed Lukaku from Inter Milan for a club-record £97.5million transfer fee last summer, hoping that he would be the player to help them challenge for the title. However, he only managed eight league goals in his first season back at the club, and has since returned to Inter on loan.

Johnson thinks Chelsea will be concerned about spending big on another forward in the current transfer window after the Lukaku move went badly wrong, and he feels the west London side would be better off giving Broja a chance in the team.

Romelu Lukaku disappointed on his return to Chelsea and has been loaned back to Inter Milan

Glen Johnson thinks Chelsea should give Armando Broja a chance in the first-team

‘I think Chelsea are going to be reluctant to spend scary money again considering what happened with the Romelu Lukaku signing,’ he told GGRecon.

‘If it was up to me, then I’d give Armando Broja a chance rather than spending £80m on a replacement.’

Broja does not turn 21 until September, but he had an impressive season on loan at Southampton last term, scoring nine goals in all competitions.

Johnson has admitted that the Albanian striker still has more to do to fully prove himself, but he expects Broja to find the net more regularly if he is given a run in the Chelsea first-team.

Broja had a strong season on loan at Southampton in 2021-22, scoring nine goals for the Saints

‘I’d rather get it wrong with a player that I’ve already got, rather than get it wrong by spending £80m. Broja is technically good in front of goal but I don’t know how good he is yet.

‘He did score some fantastic goals for Southampton but, let’s face it, Southampton aren’t Chelsea. He’s going to get more goal scoring opportunities at Chelsea and he’s technically good enough to score more next season,’ Johnson added.

Chelsea have been trying to wrap up deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha in recent days as Thomas Tuchel looks to strengthen his options in the final third.

Neither of these players are out-and-out strikers, though, suggesting that Tuchel could be open to keeping Broja, rather than selling him to West Ham, Everton or Newcastle, who have all expressed an interest in the talented youngster.

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