Nottingham Forest are enduring a painful exile from the Premier League ever since they got themselves relegated from the top division in 1999. Aitor Karanka has been appointed as the new manager of the club, who would be in charge of the side against Aston Villa on Saturday but earning a promotion or mounting a serious challenge for the same would not be an easy one for him.
The Tricky Trees are currently placed at the 14th spot in the league table with 32 points to their name after 26 games and it goes without saying that they would need to put on herculean performances in order to enhance their credentials. Recently, they dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup by chalking a spectacular 4-2 win in the third round and they must have taken a lot of confidence from that.
With the January transfer window pretty much active, Karanka is desirous to make some additions to beef up the quality of his armoury and one of the players he is perceived to be targeting is Chelsea’s attacker, Charly Musonda, as per one of the recent reports by The Sun. Musonda would not be easy to catch, as the likes of Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Sevilla, Inter and Real Betis are also tracking him.
Musonda emerged through the youth ranks of Anderlecht and Chelsea and has been one of the finest starlets to be produced by the youth system of the Blues of late. He has immense potential and calibre but owing to the lack of opportunities in the current Chelsea side, the youngster must be looking for a change in order to ply his trade regularly for some months to better his credentials.
A loan deal to a Championship club like Nottingham Forest could make a lot of sense and the Reds might benefit substantially by luring him to the City Ground on loan for the rest of the season. An attacking midfielder by trade, he is versatile enough to operate from either wing and is an astute dribbler who can cause a lot of trouble to opposition’s defence.
The 21-year-old passes the ball well, can shoot fiercely and is willing to put in the hard yards on the pitch and the training ground. Although he has been overlooked by Conte, that doesn’t take away the fact that he is more than a decent youngster who might still be unpolished but is capable enough to find more game time on the pitch. If Conte sanctions the loan move, it should benefit all the parties involved.