Yet another highly-regarded youngster from Chelsea's Academy, Belgian attacking midfielder Charly Musonda seemed keen on leaving the club on a loan deal this winter so he could get first-team minutes under his belt. But according to Het Laatste Nieuws, the Blues have put any loan deals for Musonda on hold.
According to the report, Chelsea had agreed a loan deal for the 19-year-old but the managerial change from José Mourinho to Guus Hiddink blocked its conclusion, with the new man in charge wanting to see how Musonda will fare in training with the first-team. However, Musonda and his entourage want a better solution since it's highly unlikely that he will get to see any time on the pitch in Chelsea's first-team this season. Het Laatste Nieuws also claims that Dutch clubs Feyenoord, Groningen and AZ Alkmaar as well as Championship team QPR have been monitoring Musonda in the last few weeks.
Last week, Hiddink said that he was still evaluating the youngsters in the team*, and that he wasn't afraid to use them whenever we need to — he's certainly showed that with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenedy's half-long appearances in our last two games. But Musonda is the same age of both of them and still hasn't made his senior debut, which is no doubt a worrying fact for him.
* Christian Atsu getting a look-in during training lately, too, apparently.
Even if Chelsea might be a bit reluctant to send the player on loan considering our low success rate of some of our latest moves, we don't really have another viable option. Charly Jr has far outgrown the level of competition he gets to face at the U21 or U19 levels, but he doesn't exactly have a viable path into the first-team at this very moment. It's time to weigh up the risks and promises offered by his multiple suitors, and make the best choice possible in terms of picking a loan destination.