Chelsea star slams Mauricio Pochettino as Nicolas Jackson point made

Armando Broja of Albania and Chelsea looks on
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Armando Broja has opened up on his frustrations at not being given more game time at Chelsea.

The striker spent the second half of 2023/24 on loan at Fulham after making 19 appearances for the Blues up to February, scoring two goals. Broja went on to make eight appearances for the Cottagers where he failed to score and provided just a single assist.

And the Albanian international has now had his say on what led up to his decision to leave Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old was given more minutes after Nicolas Jackson flew out to January's Africa Cup of Nations, but felt then Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino did not play to his strengths.

"I did think when Nicolas Jackson went away with Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations that I would be given an opportunity to play a load of games," he told the Athletic. "I started three times in January, but I thought there were times I could have been utilised more.

"I got the feeling people expected me to just run past three, four players and put it in the bottom corner. But I was fighting to get my fitness and things were going through my head like, 'What will happen to me in January?'

"There was a lot of speculation around me at the time, whether I would go on loan. I just wanted answers from the club, a bit of reassurance, and I didn’t get that.

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"In the end, I decided to go on loan because I wanted to get more minutes. I thought it was the perfect time where I could play football continuously for four months up until the Euros."

Broja has a contract with the Blues until 2028 but faces an uncertain future in West London amid links with a move to Wolves. The summer transfer window opens for Premier League clubs on Friday, June 14.