Southampton loan man Armando Broja had another highly successful evening on international duty with Albania on Wednesday.
He came on as a half-time substitute against San Marino and added two assists and a goal to his international tally of goal contributions. His goal saw him smash a shot into the roof of the net after a pull back from the right.
The 19-year-old continues his promising rise after also netting the winner in his country’s 1-0 win over Hungary last Sunday. In all, he has four goals and two assists across games for club and country this season.
In other Saints-themed international news, it was a positive evening for Jan Bednarek as he and Poland took on England.
Broja and Bednarek perform well but may be benched by Southampton
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Bednarek played the full 90 minutes in Poland’s 1-1 draw with England. Harry Kane opened the scoring for the visitors to Warsaw with a powerful long-range strike, but late drama was to come when Damian Szymanski’s header claimed a point for the hosts in second-half stoppage-time.
Broja and Bednarek are effectively battling for a World Cup place in the same group as Albania and Poland look to secure second place behind England.
Albania sit on 12 points right now after their two valuable wins courtesy of Broja’s contributions, whilst Poland sit just one point behind them.
It remains to be seen whether both players will be capable of starting for Saints against West Ham this weekend. It is most likely that both will be on the bench after their exploits and travelling during the last two weeks.
Mohamed Elyounoussi and Che Adams are also in similar situations after their travels with Norway and Scotland respectively, but their importance to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans and the fact that they played an international game on Tuesday could play in their favour when Saturday’s team is chosen.