Nemanja Matic’s replacement at Chelsea spotted, squad no. assigned

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic completed his transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United in a deal worth £40 million earlier this week.

The 28-year-old did not appear to be part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the new season and was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford to reunite with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Man United before he finally signed for the Europa League winners.

His departure, has however, created a vacuum in the Premier League champion midfield. Matic played a key role in Chelsea’s League triumph last season, forming a formidable and impenetrable partnership with N’Golo Kante.

However, with Champions League football now added to their titles challenge next season and squad rotation inevitable, deploying Charly Musonda to play in Matic’s stead comes handy.

The Belgian midfielder moved to Chelsea five years ago but he is yet to make a senior appearance for them. He spent first half of last season on loan at Spanish club Real Betis and this could be the time for the 20-year-old to break into the first-team.

Musonda, touted as one of the brightest talents of Chelsea academy in recent years, is a versatile player who can play on the wing and in the central midfield. His pace, passing and dribbling abilities are parts of the qualities that stand him out.

He may not be introduced into first-team rightaway but he will get some chances as the team play more games. He traveled with Chelsea for their pre-season tour and he has been handed the former squad no. 17 of Eden Hazard, which has affirmed Conte’s belief in him.

In Charly Musonda, Chelsea have a youngster than is destined to break barriers and etch his name in Chelsea’s football folklore.