In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Charly Musonda looks to make his mark at Vitesse Arnhem after recovering from an injury which kept him out for most of last season, former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson feels West Ham should bring Diego Costa back to the Premier League and ex-United States defender Jonathan Spector talks about the huge potential of Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic.
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Musonda looking to bounce back from injury
After being sidelined for almost the whole of last season by a serious knee injury, Belgian winger Charly Musonda has told Vitesse Arnhem’s official website he is looking to rediscover his joy for the game while on loan at the Dutch club in the upcoming campaign.
The 22-year-old was supposed to spend last season on loan at Vitesse but played only one game in the Eredivisie as a result of the injury he suffered last September.
In a video interview conducted in Dutch, he explained his desire to return to Vitesse after his long spell on the sidelines.
‘It was a very difficult period for me. Because of the knee injury I didn't get a chance to play for Vitesse,’ said Musonda who has three years remaining on his Chelsea contract.
‘But Vitesse really wanted me back and that's why it makes sense for me to return.’
The Belgian insisted he is back to full fitness and just needs playing time to get his game back to a good level.
‘I feel fit to play. I need to add another 10% but that is only possible by playing matches. If I can just train with the group and play matches, then it is already very good for me,’ he added.
‘Of course I want to win as many matches as possible, but first I need to find the joy of being on the pitch again.’
Johnson urges Hammers to sign Diego Costa
Speaking on TalkSport, former Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson has said he would ‘love’ to see Diego Costa back in the Premier League and believes the ex-Blues striker would be a ‘perfect fit’ at West Ham United.
Since leaving Stamford Bridge during the 2017/18 season, the 30-year-old has failed to sparkle in his second spell at Atletico Madrid, scoring only 11 goals and receiving an eight-match suspension last April for verbally abusing a referee.
With Atletico appearing ready to part ways with the Spain international forward, Diego Costa has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers emerging as his likely destinations.
However, Johnson believes the Hammers should make every effort to sign him after they allowed Marko Arnautovic to leave for Shanghai SIPG.
‘He’s a fantastic player and I could see him go to West Ham,” said Johnson, who joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2003.
‘He’s still got plenty left in the tank and the club have shown over the years that if they want someone they’ll go and get them. They can pay Diego the wages he would no doubt demand.
‘I reckon he would thrive being a big fish in a smaller pond as well. I think it would be a perfect fit. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League and would love to see him at West Ham.
‘If Arnie (Arnautovic) is gone, I would have swapped the pair of them over anyway. I’d rather Diego in my team than Arnie all day long.
‘He’s one of those players who you’d love to have him on your side, but he’s nightmare to play against.’
Spector expects Pulisic to shine
According to Goal.com, former United States international defender Jonathan Spector believes Christian Pulisic can have a big impact at Chelsea and has the potential to ‘become the best American player that has ever come through.’
The 33-year-old, who played in the Premier League for Charlton and West Ham, feels Pulisic can benefit from the departure of Eden Hazard, even if he is not a direct replacement for the Belgian.
‘I don’t think he’s quite at that level just yet and there’s no shame in that, Hazard is a brilliant player! But he definitely has the potential if he continues to grow and improve," said Spector.
‘But with Hazard leaving it gives him an opportunity, as he needs to play games, especially at that age and at that stage of development. Being a 20-year-old playing for Chelsea is no small feat, so hopefully, he will get that opportunity and there is no telling how good he could be.
‘At 20 years of age, he’s a very, very good player. Incredibly talented, he’s got a great first touch and he just glides past players. From what I’ve seen both in the US and in Germany, he’s a great outlet, so when teams are under pressure you can give him the ball on the wing or in the middle of the pitch and he’s able to get out of trouble.
‘He’s very similar to Hazard, but I wouldn’t put him at the same level just yet, and I’m apprehensive to make that comparison as he’s only 20 years of age but he has that ability as a player and if he continues to develop, he’s on the path to becoming the best American player that has ever come through.’