NETHERLANDS side Vitesse Arnhem has announced the signing of Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda JR who is Zambian Football legend Charles Musonda’s son on a season-long loan deal, Zambianfootball.news understands.
With only minutes left before the transfer window slammed shut on Friday, Vitesse came with the announcement that Musonda JR will play in Arnhem this season.
The midfielder has been regarded as a huge talent in the Chelsea ranks since they brought him in from Anderlecht as a 16-year-old and has impressed in loan spells with Real Betis and Celtic since. He made his first-team Chelsea debut in 2017.
Musonda can play as an attacking number ten or be used on either wing, He is the replacement for Mitchell van Bergen who joined Heerenveen on loan.
Earlier this window, Chelsea had already sent two players, goalkeeper Eduardo and defender Jake Clarke-Salter, to the Eredivisie club. Musonda’s trip will keep the Chelsea quota in Arnhem at three, which has been the minimum of Blues players loaned to the club since 2013.
The 22-year-old tried to impress new manager Maurizio Sarri in pre-season to earn a place in the squad. However, he barely got a look as he only had a 13-minute cameo against Perth Glory in our first friendly, to then never leave the bench. His next three games were played with Chelsea’s U21 and U23 squads, the very last being a 1-0 loss to Derby County in which he got an early shower after receiving two yellow cards.
It is yet another chance granted to Musonda to impress. He remains far from the stellar path he was anticipated to take on when he arrived as a very promising youth player. But some of us remain hopeful that he can squeeze his way to glory, as unlikely a prospect as that may be at this point and time of his career.