Has Charly Musonda blown his chance at Chelsea relevance?
Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is seemingly at war with his club after sending a cryptic message via Instagram. Has the 20-year-old blown his big chance?
In his post, the youngster bemoaned giving his best but getting nothing in return. He's had to delete that image whilst denying it wasn't aimed at the Chelsea hierarchy. Still, will the youngster come to eat those words? Has Musonda blown his slim chance of being a Chelsea champ?
Musonda joined Chelsea in 2012 as a scintillating youth prospect from Anderlecht. Chelsea was so eager to sign him, they were made to acquire two of his older brothers alongside the 20-year-old. He became an instant hit and a fans' favourite following his performances within the youth setup. Nevertheless, it took the youngster four years to make his full Chelsea debut.
Like almost every other Chelsea starlet, Musonda had had to go on a loan spell for regular first-team chances. Albeit, when his short-term deal at Real Betis started going south, he was promptly recalled by Chelsea to continue learning with their development squad.
20th September was a day Charly Musonda showed the Chelsea faithful a glimpse of what he is. On a cold, windy night at Stamford Bridge, Musonda would break his duck for the English Champions as they brushed aside Nottingham Forest in a 5-1 Carabao Cup mauling.
The 40th minute of that encounter was Musonda time. Receiving a reverse pass from Cesc Fabregas, the 20-year-old made his full debut count by firing in Chelsea's third on the night. Running wild in celebration, the young Belgian would later reveal he burst into tears while being mobbed by teammates as he raced through the byline in ecstasy.
Although he had found the back of the net on many occasions for the Chelsea youth side, nothing compares to doing it for the first-team. The sheer joy and tears he exhibited upon scoring his first senior goal for the club were a pointer to how much he craved that moment.
Since the game against Forest, however, Chelsea has played three more, with Musonda making the substitutes bench on one occasion; featuring in none. Most likely, his services with the first team would be limited to EFL and FA Cup games for as long as Chelsea remain in those competitions.
So many games with your behind glued to the not so comfy bench will certainly have an effect. For Musonda, it's gotten him frustrated. Fuelled by anger, he's had the bravery to speak out; hence the message:
Like many top-flight managers in the Premier League, Antonio Conte is not one to integrate a youngster into his first team without seeing a marked level of individual brilliance. Andreas Christensen spent two years on loan in Germany, proving himself worthy of a place in any team; today he's getting regular opportunities with Chelsea.
Musonda might've grabbed headlines with his debut goal, but he's still a far cry from a player that should command a regular place in the first-team of the Premier League title holders. Post Nottingham Forest, Conte hailed Musonda as a player who could become really special in the future for Chelsea IF he keeps working hard (whilst avoiding cryptic social media messages).
Charly Musonda might easily have tainted that good impression he had on the boss with his Instagram outburst. I won't be surprised if Musonda fails, like Chelsea youth players aplenty over the years.