Belgium U21 coach Johan Walem believes Zambian football legend Charles Musonda’s son Charly Musonda’s problem is that he has “so much ambition” after a frustrating start to his career.
Looking set to make a big impact at Chelsea after starring for the club’s youth side, the winger impressed during his time on loan with Real Betis at the end of the 2015-16 season.
However, it has been rather downhill since returning from Spain.
Failing to break into the first team under Antonio Conte, the 22-year-old was sent out on an 18-month loan to Celtic back in January but the deal was cancelled after he only made eight appearances for the club.
Now back at Chelsea’s Cobham training base after picking up an injury during his loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem, Musonda will be hoping to make a big impact in Holland to get his career back on track.
Having turned down a call to represent Belgium’s U21s back in August 2017, Walem feels that the player’s lofty ambitions are having an impact on his career.
“Charly did not show up for the qualifying match against Turkey at the end of August last year, so I went to see him at Chelsea, the problem is that Charly has so much ambition,” Walem told Belgian publication HLN (via Sport Witness ).
“He wants to be the biggest, the prettiest, the best.
“Charly would have thought he would be called for the A-team, so I did not succeed… I told him: “You can be a key player with us, you can experience an EC”.
“He has other choices I did not want to push Charly after that – I could not do that to the group.”
Claiming that Musonda finding himself at Vitesse is a ‘waste of talent’, Walem also believes that Musonda tries to do too much when he’s on the pitch.
“But yes, although he may be more of an ‘8’ than a ’10’ – as a playmaker he wants to do too much, then he demands everything.
“Charly must first and foremost find peace and confidence in his head.”