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Charly Musonda to miss rest of the season, too; Angban set for Metz transfer — report

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Game of Loans

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CHARLY MUSONDA

The 22-year-old former wonderkid has been sidelined with a knee injury almost the entire season, and while he had been hoping to get back to work in the second-half of the season, it’s now looking like he will not get to play at all. As per Nizaar Kinsella, he is very likely to be recalled from Vitesse, to finish his rehab and recovery at Cobham. Since he’s registered with Vitesse until June, he wouldn’t be able to play in any official games for Chelsea (senior, reserves, or youth), even if his knee were fully healthy.

Once the brightest jewel of the Academy, Musonda’s career has been derailed by bad loans and a few bad injuries. In the last four seasons, he’s managed just 39 senior appearances for Chelsea, Celtic, and Real Betis, almost half of which (16) came in the second-half of the 2015-16 season at the Spanish club. The three years since have been a series of disappointments for various reasons, including the ambitious 18-month loan to Celtic that was terminated after just 6.

Next season, another reset then for Charly Jr, who will still have three years left on his contract, giving him time to get his career back on track.


VICTORIEN ANGBAN

Not nearly as well known as Musonda, Angban signed with Chelsea four years ago, and was a trialist prior to that as well He’s never featured for the Chelsea first-team, spending all his time on loan instead in Belgium, Spain, and this year, the French second division with Metz.

He’s featured regularly for the Ligue 2 leaders, who apparently have an buyout option on the 22-year-old that triggers automatically if they achieve promotion back to Ligue 1. After dropping down last season, Metz have blown away their new competition and are enjoying a healthy 11-point lead over third place with eight games remaining (the top two move up automatically). It is looking very likely that Metz will be promoted and Angban will be honorably discharged from the Loan Army to the tune of £6m.

He won’t be last one to wave goodbye, with FIFA’s transfer ban as well as their revised loan rules coming soon to a football club near you.