Charly Musonda. A name you won’t be all too familiar with unless you’re a die-hard Chelsea fan who takes a genuine interest in the comings and goings of the lower echelons of the football club.
Yet the name, which belongs to an 18-year-old midfield youth prospect for the Blues, has gone viral, thanks to Musonda’s aptitude when it comes to a very particular sort of footballing skill: Juggling socks in the changing room.
In true freestyle fashion the starlet is captured playing keepy-up with a bundle of socks, and to be fair to him he’s actually better with them than most aspiring footballers can hope to be with a ball.
Chucking in a few ‘round-the-worlds’ for good measure, Musonda shows off his talents with expert precision, and though it’s a tad hyperbolic to suggest he demonstrates shades of the famous Diego Maradona, his routine is impressive to say the least.
Of course it will take more than changing room showboating to impress Jose Mourinho in the current climate, with The Special One presiding over a club with copious amounts of quality in every position.
The brothers three
That being said in the past Musonda’s style has been compared with Eden Hazard and Andres Iniesta, and he first hit headlines when he contributed a goal during the U21 Premier League final against Manchester United - a match Chelsea went on to win 2-1.
One of three siblings brought by the Blues in 2012, Musonda and his younger brother Tika are considered hot prospects by the club. Though his elder brother Lamisha was released in January, there remain high hopes for the family from Belgium.
With Mourinho’s senior squad being jam-packed full of world-class stars it’s without question that the middle Musonda faces an arduous task breaking into his plans, but there’s no chance of him slipping under the radar. His abilities with a ball of socks makes sure of that.
Watch the video below courtesy of Musonda's Instagram account