Musonda didn’t leave when Chelsea would have allowed in summer

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Charly Musonda of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Chelsea are considering loaning out forward Charly Musonda in the January transfer window, according to the Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson.

The paper reports that the Blues actually wanted to loan the player out in the summer but the Belgian under 21 international wanted to stay and fight for a first team place.

With just one start to his name in the Carabao Cup, the 20 year old expressed his frustration on Instagram, leading to the winger being reportedly reprimanded by the club.

Musonda certainly impressed on his full senior debut back in September, with manager Antonio Conte complimenting him for his performance after scoring in the 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

The fact that he has made the bench just once since that display has apparently frustrated the Belgian, with the club’s next League Cup game against Everton likely to be his next chance to impress.

Once the January transfer window arrives, Chelsea will likely send Musonda on a lengthy loan spell with Andreas Christensen’s two year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach being used as the template.

Meanwhile, any progress in contract negotiations has probably been rolled back — his contract expires in 2019, which means that by the summer, he could become the next youngster to jump off the gravy train.

Chelsea will point to the successes of Thibaut Courtois, Andreas Christensen, and perhaps even Victor Moses that the loan system is working exactly as intended. Courtois and Christensen certainly provide role models for the ideal outcome, spending multiple years at the same team on loan — thus establishing themselves at their temporary homes — and then returning to a first-team squad spot at Chelsea. It should be noted that the years those two spent away from the club weren’t always controversy free (Courtois always linked with a move back to Spain and Christensen made it clear that he was done with loans after his Gladbach stint), but they still represent that best outcomes for Chelsea’s youth/loan policy.

While training with a world-class manager like Antonio Conte can also help players further their development, there is no substitute for actual playing time against proper opposition.

There is still time to salvage the Musonda situation — a new contract and a long-term loan (two+ seasons?) is probably the best for all involved — but it will need cooler heads to prevail.Meanwhile, any progress in contract negotiations has probably been rolled back — his contract expires in 2019, which means that by the summer, he could become the next youngster to jump off the gravy train.

Chelsea will point to the successes of Thibaut Courtois, Andreas Christensen, and perhaps even Victor Moses that the loan system is working exactly as intended. Courtois and Christensen certainly provide role models for the ideal outcome, spending multiple years at the same team on loan — thus establishing themselves at their temporary homes — and then returning to a first-team squad spot at Chelsea. It should be noted that the years those two spent away from the club weren’t always controversy free (Courtois always linked with a move back to Spain and Christensen made it clear that he was done with loans after his Gladbach stint), but they still represent that best outcomes for Chelsea’s youth/loan policy.

While training with a world-class manager like Antonio Conte can also help players further their development, there is no substitute for actual playing time against proper opposition.

There is still time to salvage the Musonda situation — a new contract and a long-term loan (two+ seasons?) is probably the best for all involved — but it will need cooler heads to prevail.

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