Chelsea and Southampton loan deal explained and whether Armando Broja can be recalled

Chelsea cannot recall Armando Broja from his loan spell at Southampton until January – and only if a break clause is included in the agreement between the two clubs.

The striker has impressed for the Saints in recent weeks, scoring twice in two games as his parent club remain without Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku through injury.

Both Lukaku and Werner were injured in their side’s Champions League clash with Malmo last month and have missed games against Norwich City and Newcastle.

But despite calls from Chelsea fans last month to remind Broja, the club can only do so in January, under Premier League loan rules, and only if both clubs agree.

Premier League outfield players can only move clubs during the transfer window, even if recalled to a parent club after a loan, with only goalkeepers allowed to swap clubs in an emergency.

However, it’s unclear whether the Saints have agreed to a break clause in the deal which would give the Blues the right to immediately trigger a loan recall in January if they so choose.

Broja developed well at Southampton but his progress was temporarily halted due to an ankle injury.

Armando Broja celebrates after scoring the winner against Leeds United

The striker scored his first Premier League goal against Leeds United at St Mary’s as he came into the box to meet Nathan Redmond’s pass following a counterattack launched by winger Moussa Djenepo.

Speaking after the match, Hasenhuttl said HampshireLive“Against Sheffield United, I wasn’t as impressed with Broja. Today’s performance was much more like that.

“It will give him confidence and he really has something, he is a threat around the box and he has the speed to reach a defender and shoot.

“It was a very good performance.”

Broja then followed up his first striker with a goal against Burnley before being hit with an ankle problem from which he has yet to recover.

Hasenhuttl will provide an update on the forward on Thursday afternoon.

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