Chelsea winger Charly Musonda’s career has been plagued with injuries and stuttering loan moves since arriving at the club from Anderlecht in 2012.
The fresh faced youngster was a highly rated prospect full of outstanding potential and confidence. But the now 23-year old is recovering once again from surgery after a reoccurring knee problem and his career has been stalled again.
Chelsea fans and staff have always had high hopes for Musonda and many still will.
But this will be seen as his last chance to gain full fitness and be able to make a career at Chelsea. If he goes another season out injured, you fear for his football career entirely.
But there is one man who believes that he can still make it to the top, that’s the former Anderlecht head of youth, Yannick Ferrera, who also helped develop Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku and Leander Dendoncker.
Ferrera spoke to The Athletic about the situation.
“I still believe he can reach the top of the world. Even if he is 27 and hasn’t got there yet, I will still believe. I wouldn’t say that about many players.
“But when I saw him at 15, I thought this guy is going to become one of the top five players in the world. I still believe he has it in him.
“If I became the coach of Real Madrid, I’d bring him into the squad immediately.”
Musonda’s former Chelsea under 18 coach Adrian Viveash also feels he can still make it.
Speaking to the same publication, Viveash said:
“You can guarantee he will be telling the physios what he should be doing to get himself back to top condition because that is how he is,” he says.
“His confident attitude is what will help him get through this. If you’re an inward character, you struggle with bad injuries.
“Mentally that can be a drain and for some people it finishes them because they never get that back. They focus too much on the negative.
“He still has a long career ahead of him. He will certainly be feeling that he can impact Lampard’s Chelsea.
“If he can get himself right, he will believe he is as good as the players in the team and in the squad now.”