Charly Musonda has insisted that he can still make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge and hasn’t given up hope of returning to the first-team.
The 22-year-old is currently out on loan and is spending the 2019/20 campaign with Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.
He joined the Eredivisie side for the second half of last season, but injuries meant he played just once and he’s now returned for another crack.
The attacker has been involved in the opening three games of this season and appears to be gaining regular minutes at senior level, something that he’s not experienced much of.
Musonda had a poor loan spell with Celtic in the past, where he failed to score in just eight appearances during a six-month spell.
The winger also spent a campaign in Spain with Real Betis back in the 2016/17 season and that is where he showed great promise as a teenager.
He is convinced that there is a way he can break back into contention with the Blues and hasn’t given up hope.
Musonda has played seven senior games for Chelsea, but his most recent was in January 2018 and he’s vanished since.
“I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player,” Musonda told the Independent.
“But deep down, I know how good I can be. I want to show the world what I can do and, if I prove I’m still the same Charly Musonda, I’m 100% confident I can break back into the Chelsea team.
“Maybe it’s me being a bit naive or overconfident or just believing I can do it, but that has been my dream since I was 15 years old and that’s never changed. I want to wear the Chelsea shirt one more time.”
Musonda deserves credit for his optimism, but it looks a long way back for him at Chelsea and aged 22 he’s hardly an upcoming talent.
He is a skilful wide player that is extremely technical and has great pace, but whether he has the discipline to play at the highest level remains to be seen and he’s fallen at several hurdles recently.
Frank Lampard has the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic at his disposal as young exciting wingers, so it seems a long way back for Musonda.
He would have to lit up the Dutch top-flight campaign to even give himself next summer in pre-season.