As a member of Chelsea’s highly successful Academy teams from 2012 to 2015, Charly Musonda Jr. looked set for stardom almost from the very moment he arrived at the club. He has yet to live up to those expectations, though he did show glimpses of doing so during half-season loan spell at Spanish club Real Betis at the end of the 2015-16 term. He returned to Betis the following season, but things didn’t work out quite as well; after being recalled to Chelsea last January, he’s seemingly spent the vast majority of 2017 injured and unavailable to play.
But he’s recently returned to full fitness, and most importantly, signed a new long-term contract, which means that instead of sitting idly on the bench at Chelsea, he can go and try his luck out on loan once again.
This time, according to HLN journalist Kristof Terreur, Chelsea are keen on keeping him in England.
Chelsea want to loan out Charly Musonda Junior to another English club. He’ll be allowed to leave this month. #cfc pic.twitter.com/ah0ICCSEof— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 9, 2018
In the best case scenario, Musonda turns his loan spell into a first-team spot in the near future, joining the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Andreas Christensen (and hopefully Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham) in validating Chelsea’s player development methods. Musonda’s future remains very bright; now we just have to help him fulfill it.