After patiently awaiting his chance, Armando Broja gave Graham Potter plenty to think about in his Chelsea post-match debrief.
The Albanian striker came on as a substitute late in the second half against Wolverhampton Wanderers and celebrated his first goal in club colors.
Despite having to await a VAR check on whether or not he was flagged for offside, the 21-year-old was able to mark that special event in the 90th minute of a routine 3-0 win over limited opposition.
Had the Blues boss been in the mood, he could have taken to Twitter in the hours leading up to that routine win and seen hundreds of fans urging Broja to start at the front.
When everyone found out that he had chosen Kai Havertz instead, many expressed their displeasure and frustration in up to 280 characters.
Including a prominent Chelsea “content publisher and writer” who has nearly 200,000 followers and considerable influence in the ranks.
Those social media pundits might argue they were right in the end – despite Havertz opening the scoring late in the first half.
But Broja, who signed a six-year deal last month, has yet to start a Prem game for the club.
It was his sixth appearance from the bench this season and it is to his credit that he took the opportunity so sensitively with a brilliant goal.
Though he could be third pick in the pecking order behind Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Broja Potter will be a selection headache if he continues to deliver his cameos like this.
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Chelsea are not afraid to play against the youngsters and players like Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher are making the most of their time in the spotlight.
And Potter, who was recruited from Brighton exactly a month ago to replace the axed Thomas Tuchel, is not afraid to change sides and formation as he sees fit.
The starting XI here has made seven changes from those on the field against AC Milan in the Champions League three days ago.
It’s too early to call him the new Tinkerman, of course – a nickname that will forever be associated in this country with the eccentric Claudio Ranieri.
But he has already shown he is willing to make drastic changes to suit both the opposition and the occasion.
And Aubameyang, who has been in fine form with two goals in his last two games, would have been forgiven if he thought he’d had a chance to test Wolves’ defence.
However, given the number of games to play in the next six weeks before the World Cup break, Potter will continue to rest and rotate his squad as they compete on the domestic and European fronts.
Players like Broja, and perhaps the noisy Twitterati, will have to accept Potter’s methods for now.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6398272/graham-potter-broja-havertz-aubameyang/ Graham Potter should listen to Chelsea fans as Armando gives Broja boss pick dilemma