Charly Musonda ‘100% confident’ he will break back into Chelsea team

Musonda’s time at Chelsea

Charly Musonda has been a part of Chelsea since 2012 when he moved from Anderlecht’s youth system to Chelsea’s under-18s.

The Blues are believed to have paid around £2.25m for the winger.

The now 22-year-old made the step up to Chelsea’s first-team in 2017.

However, Musonda has played just seven first-team games for Chelsea across all competitions.

In those games, Musonda has scored one and assisted two.

 

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 10: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Musonda on playing for Chelsea again

After struggling to earn a place in the Blue’s senior team, Musonda has had several loans spells while on the books at Stamford Bridge.

Musonda is currently on a two-year loan with Vitesse, which is due to end at the end of the current campaign.

Despite spending much of his Chelsea career out on loan, Musonda is confident he will break back into the Chelsea team.

When speaking to the Independent, the Belgian stated:

“The last year has been the toughest of my life.

“I’ve suffered a lot this year. Sometimes, it can get very lonely. Every morning I woke up with the same thought: to play. It’s only when it’s taken away that you understand how much you love football. I didn’t realise how much I could miss it.

“I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player,” he acknowledges.

“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.” As quoted by the Independent.

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Manchester City boss tells young stars it wasn’t good enough after scoring seven against Newcastle

manchester city v newcastle united

Not the greatest of seasons so far for Newcastle United.

In six games, from Academy level up to first team, it has been a case of five defeats and one draw with a massive 22 goals conceded already.

Last Saturday saw all three teams in action, Steve Bruce’s first team losing 3-1 at Norwich, the reserves losing 2-1 at home to West Ham, whilst the Academy team were crushed 7-1 at Manchester City.



With Mike Ashley having refused to allow proper investment in the Academy, as well as pretty much anywhere else at the club, apart from a few coats of paint, the signs aren’t good for the future.

However, it must have been demoralising enough for the NUFC under 18s without hearing what Gareth Taylor has had to say.

The Manchester City Academy team boss wasn’t impressed with his side despite hammering Newcastle 7-1 on Saturday.

He declared about the Man City kids: ‘I thought we were poor in the second period and not great in the first.’

A further sign of the massive gulf between Newcastle United and most other Premier League clubs, not just Manchester City.

Gareth Taylor adding: ‘We haven’t had a top performance but the result was there.’

Rafa Benitez wanted to properly rebuild Newcastle United from top to bottom but Mike Ashley point blank refused, instead just wanting the club to exist and float along, without any long-term plan to build for any level of success.



Gareth Taylor speaking to the official Manchester City site:

“I am pleased with that aspect (winning) and it was a good scoreline on Saturday…but I wasn’t happy with the players and I let them know that afterwards.

“I thought we were poor in the second period and not great in the first.

“We work hard here day in, day out and the game at the end of the week is the icing on the cake and I felt that we too often came off the hymn sheet.

“They are a talented group and a good bunch of lads and we have high standards. 

“Ultimately, I always look at the performance as that is what you pride yourself on.

“We haven’t had a top performance but the result was there.

“So, it’s a good start and we want to continue in the vein of achieving good results, but we also want performances to improve before we go into the international break.”

The results so far for Newcastle United this season:

10 August – Newcastle 3 Middlesbrough 3 (Academy team)

11 August – Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (First team)

12 August – Reading 6 Newcastle 0 (Under 23s team)

17 August – Newcastle 1 West Ham 2 (Under 23s)

17 August – Man City 7 Newcastle 1 (Academy)

17 August – Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 (First team)




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Yerry Mina claims he’s now playing his best football at Everton

Mina impressive after overcoming injury problems

Everton defender Yerry Mina has suggested he’s playing his best football at the club having overcome the injury problems which plagued last season.

Mina signed for Everton last summer from Barcelona, paying 30.25 million euros initially for his services.

Despite the heavy investment, Mina didn’t initially live up to expectations due to some injury problems.

Kurt Zouma was also often chosen as Michael Keane’s regular partner, even when Mina was fit.

Though, with Everton failing to sign Zouma permanently, a lot of responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of Mina.

Thankfully for Toffees fans, the Colombian has excelled in his new role.

So far this season, Everton and Mina have not conceded a single goal, with the central defender a standout performer.

Now, Mina has claimed he’s playing his best football and it’s partly thanks to Marco Silva.

Yerry Mina scores for Everton vs Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Yerry Mina of Everton (R) celebrates as he scores his team’s first goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Everton FC at Turf Moor on December 26, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“This is my best football since I came to Everton but I have to keep my focus and always work to improve”

Speaking ahead of Everton’s clash with Aston Villa on Friday night, Mina claimed Silva has been a huge help this season.

“I feel very good, the manager (Marco Silva) is working with me every day and giving me a lot of confidence,” Mina explained to Everton TV. 

“I am understanding more what he wants all the time and becoming more comfortable.

“This is my best football since I came to Everton but I have to keep my focus and always work to improve.

“It is the main job of the goalkeeper and centre-backs to keep clean sheets – that is what we are working to achieve every day.

“But we know there is still much to improve.”

Lucas Digne back at Everton training before Aston Villa

The big news for Everton ahead of Aston Villa is that Lucas Digne could feature.

The defender suffered an injury during the clash with Watford.

Now, he’s returned to training.

Click here to see more about Digne’s chances of making the game. 

Michael Owen with double prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle United

Michael Owen has been looking forward to Sunday’s match at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

I must admit I had to look it up before I wrote that as it hadn’t registered we me what they’d called the new ground, doesn’t sound very catchy does it?

However, it is a new and impressive looking stadium for Newcastle fans and all 3,000 away tickets have been sold amongst the overall 60,000 sellout.



Michael Owen predicted a draw for Newcastle at Norwich last weekend and hopefully he is equally wrong on this occasion.

Owen has actually made a double prediction for this game.

He thinks Tottenham will win very comfortably and Newcastle won’t score a goal.

Difficult to argue with that on what we have seen so far.

Arsenal’s keeper didn’t have a proper save to make and Norwich’s keeper didn’t make a save on Saturday, the only serious shot eluding him in the final seconds when Jonjo Shelvey got a goal that was no consolation.

Of the Newcastle players remaining from last season, collectively they only scored 15 of the 42 Premier league goals scored in 2018/19 and of those the top scorers are/were Schar (four) and Clark (three).

Steve Bruce desperately needs players to step up and take responsibility, with a particularly heavy weight of pressure on Joelinton already. Almiron hasn’t scored so far either since arriving from Atlanta United and NUFC need both to score ASAP to get the confidence flowing, especially when it is anybody’s guess at to when Gayle and Carroll will be available.

From the 2003/04 season onwards, Newcastle have played away 15 times (all competitions) at Tottenham, winning five and Spurs victorious in the other 10. In the five games won Newcastle have scored 10 goals but in the 10 they’ve lost, there has only been the one goal and that was from Gouffran when NUFC lost 2-1 in 2012/13. So looking for positives, if we can get a goal then the stats say we could/should win, although they also say that any defeat is likely to be as Michael Owen predicts, without Newcastle scoring.



A tough game ahead after Spurs came from behind to beat Villa 3-1 and then got an excellent 2-2 draw away at Man City.

A massive Premier League game follows this one with Newcastle home to Watford (before then playing Liverpool away) in 10 days time and whilst I wouldn’t take a credible narrow defeat at this point against Tottenham, it would certainly be worrying if Newcastle took a hiding in this Spurs game.

As well as needing to tighten it up at the back, Newcastle desperately need a spark going forward and leaders all over the pitch to take responsibility. Especially after Norwich where the team collectively appeared to give up once the second goal went in.

The number of chances created in the first three hours of football in Steve Bruce’s reign have been minimal but as Michael Owen points out, the likes of Joelinton can’t afford to pass up ones like that free header from seven yards at Norwich when the game was goalless.

Michael Owen speaking to Betvictor:

“Spurs rode their luck at the Etihad at the weekend but played their part in a wonderful game of football.

“And I expect them to have too much quality for a Newcastle side who have disappointed me so far this season.

“The Magpies need more from their expensive signings Joelinton – who spurned a gilt-edged opportunity at Carrow Road and Miquel Almiron but they may need more time to gel.

“In the meantime, I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win.

“Tip: Spurs to win to nil 20/21”



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