It has been a disappointing season for Chelsea so far with regards to youth development. Despite the Blues playing more games this season, Antonio Conte has thus far been relatively hesitant to field inexperienced talent, and that has left fans disappointed. Of course, it’s vitally important that players with potential are given a chance to maximise their quality, and at Chelsea it’s quickly becoming impossible to do just that.
However, Antonio Conte seemingly does want to break that duck, and 21-year-old Charly Musonda could be the player that helps him do it. According to the Evening Standard, Conte wants the Belgian to remain at Stamford Bridge in January next year and is thus hesitant to let him leave the club on loan or otherwise. He reportedly views him as an important part of his plans as Chelsea’s fixture congestion continues to ramp up.
The Belgian has, of course, had limited involvement so far this term, but there is scope for opportunities over the coming weeks. Chelsea have just Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro to call upon at present, and given how many games are on the horizon, just one or two injuries could leave Conte in a bind. This is where Musonda is likely to come in.
It’s also significant to note that the Belgian is likely to learn a lot just from being involved in the Blues’ first team, with the likes of his compatriot Eden Hazard likely keen to see him make it at the top.
Things could change, of course, particularly if Chelsea move to sign a new attacker in January, but there is definitely going to be opportunities for Musonda.
Musonda looked very good against Nottingham Forest in the last round of the Carabao Cup, and another good display against Everton on Wednesday could stand him in good stead for further opportunities.
The fact that Antonio Conte wants him at the club is a big bonus, as the Belgian’s future is in the Italian’s hands.
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