Teenage Kicks: Bashir Humphreys
In the final part of our series looking at the upbringing of our Academy youngsters, defender Bashir Humphreys talks us through how he came to love football, his swimming days and playing for England.
He has always played as an attacker, sometimes wide but mostly centrally, and scored many goals throughout his schoolboy years. He has played for Albania at the Under-16 age group but is also eligible for England. He signed his scholarship deal in July 2018.
Broja shared striker responsibilites with George Nunn throughout his maiden season as a scholar, making 23 appearances and scoring twice. He ended the campaign with a call-up to the Albania Under-21s and a brace on his debut.
Two months after his 18th birthday Broja notched a hat-trick on his maiden FA Youth Cup bow in a 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Kingsmeadow - that was followed by the forward scoring during his first start for the development squad in a single goal victory over Tottenham. A reward for an excellent start to the season, Broja signed a two-and-a-half year deal to keep him at the club until June 2022 and finished the 2019/20 season with 23 goals in 33 games.
After reaching 20 Academy goals for the season with a strike against Milwall at Stamford Bridge in the FA Youth Cup, Broja was handed his Chelsea debut in the home Premier League fixture against Everton in March 2020 replacing Olivier Giroud as an 86th minute substitute.