Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has given youngster Charly Musonda the chance to train with the first team, according to the Daily Mail.
The move follows Musonda’s performance against a Queens Park Rangers U21 side in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday. The Belgian opened the scoring with a free-kick as Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
Hiddink watched alongside owner Roman Abramovich from the sideline and now the Blues have moved the 19-year-old to the first team with the midfielder in contention to be in the squad against Arsenal on Sunday.
Musonda is highly rated by the Blues but had been linked with a potential loan for the rest of the season however Abramovich wanted to take a look at the Chelsea youngster ahead of a potential temporary move.
Also, among the squad who faced QPR was Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Baba Rahman and Patrick Bamford.
Hiddink is said to have been keen to keep an eye on Musonda’s progress as he was well aware of the youngsters reputation when he arrived at the club. He had been keen for the Belgian to train with the first team over the Christmas period. However, the Belgian was away on an authorised Christmas break.
With the Arsenal game possessing huge stakes for Chelsea’s season, it would be a huge risk for Hiddink to include Musonda, however, his inclusion could bode well for his long-term future at the club.