BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus has slammed Charly Musonda for failing to live up to the hype since signing for Celtic on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Musonda, 21, has made just seven appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side, earning just two starts.
The Belgium Under-21 international showed a flash of brilliance when he set up Callum McGregor’s winner against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League last month, but since then he has done little of note.
In the last three Scottish Premiership fixtures, Rodgers has not even used Musonda off the bench and now ex-Hibernian forward McManus has questioned whether he can meet expectations.
“I expected better from the hype. I expected him to at least be getting on from the bench. Boys like [Tom[ Rogic and [Patrick] Roberts been out injured long term and have come straight back in ahead of him. Don’t see where he gets a game. Time will tell,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.
I expected better from the hype. I expected him to at least be getting on from the bench. Boys like Rogic and Roberts been out injured long term and have come straight back in ahead of him. Dont see where he gets a game. Time will tell. ????????
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) March 22, 2018
It has not been the first time that McManus has slammed Musonda after claiming he was a “monumental waste of money for Celtic” last week.
Football Insider verdict
Musonda is yet to have much of a chance to shine at Celtic and McManus is correct to question why they have signed him at this stage. However it is important to remember that Musonda is only two months into an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea and still has a lot of time to prove his worth. Next season there’s little chance that Roberts will be at Celtic Park and there could also be a few other outs that may open up a starting line-up spot for Musonda. His one bit of brilliance against Zenit shows he can step up in the big European nights and that is exactly what Rodgers needs next season in the Champions League group stages.
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