Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Frank Lampard will attempt to convince Chelsea youngster Armando Broja to join Everton this summer.
The 20-year-old has spent the last season on loan at Southampton, where he is thought to have impressed many onlooking clubs.
The Albania international scored six goals in the Premier League for the Saints, the third highest at the club, and is fourth at the south coast side for dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
There have been reports that a flurry of clubs, such as AC Milan and West Ham, are interested in signing the former Vitesse loanee.
However, the Toffees may have an advantage due to boss Lampard’s Chelsea connections. In fact, Broja made his debut for the Blues under Lampard when he was managing at Stamford Bridge.
Jones thinks that Everton will try to make the most of this connection this summer to bring the Slough-born forward to Goodison Park.
“I’m not sure West Ham have got the interest that they had at one point, so I don’t think there’s the competition level there for Broja anymore.
“Lampard obviously can use his contacts to get into Broja early, speak to him himself, and just try and convince him that Everton is a club that’s going to be in transition but in a good way. That’s going to be the big message that they send out.”
Our thoughts on Jones’ Broja claims…
According to FBRef, only Richarlison has scored more than Broja’s six goals at the Merseyside club this year, and only the Brazil international and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have a better goals per 90 minutes than Broja’s 0.27.
Everton can therefore do with more firepower, and Broja would help with that. His manager at Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl has described the striker as “dangerous.”
“He’s a great threat. He has not had many poor games this season and today he showed again how dangerous he can be for the opponent and he’s very helpful for our game.”
He would be a significant improvement on Salomon Rondon, the current backup striker for the Toffees.
When you also consider that Calvert-Lewin missed 16 games due to injury last season, then it is clear that Broja would be a great signing for Everton.