Southampton loan man Armando Broja scored a huge goal for Albania on Sunday evening to secure them a win over Hungary in World Cup Qualifying.
The 19-year-old struck a fierce shot inside at the near post with just three minutes of normal time remaining in the match and moved Albania up to third in their qualifying group.
A win over San Marino on Wednesday could move Albania into second place behind England, who are playing current second-placed team Poland on the same night.
Chelsea loanee Broja will be hoping to be able to contribute in that match too having netted his first senior international goal on Sunday.
Broja following in Elyounoussi’s footsteps by replicating club form
Armando Broja has played 84 minutes of football for Saints so far this season and got the first goals of his season-long loan spell in the 8-0 League Cup win over Newport County.
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He will have to work hard to get ahead of Adam Armstrong and Che Adams to start Premier League games but chances will almost certainly come during a long campaign. Scoring goals in the chances he gets for club and country will help in this regard.
He is clearly a talented player and is well-respected at Chelsea as being a top prospect for the future. This looks to be a very important stage of his career and marks his first steps into first-team football.
He kicked things off in 2020/21 with a successful loan spell at Vitesse in the Netherlands and is now making strides in a Premier League team, with his three goals for club and country showing confidence in front of goal.
It is all about gaining valuable experience for players of Broja’s age. He has some good potential to grow into a top striker in future years so playing in a good quality Premier League team and taking on responsibility for his country will certainly be good for his development.