Charly Musonda has been restricted to the cups .

Antonio Conte has a good reason for not playing Charly Musonda

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To say Chelsea's academy is becoming notorious is probably an understatement.

Across London, Tottenham have developed the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks, while Marcus Rashford continues to shine for Manchester United and England.

The Blues just do not have the reputation for promoting young players that some of their Premier League rivals can boast.

It's quite incredible that the club currently have 34 players out on loan, per their official website. With the possible exception of Kurt Zouma, or at a push Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Tammy Abraham, how many of those have even a prayer of ever being recalled and making it into the first team?

Fair play to Roman Abramovich, on the one hand. It's a business model. The fact that these starlets have been on the books at Stamford Bridge makes them that bit more desirable and they can be sold on for a reasonable fee. They even made around £8million profit on Patrick Bamford.

Nobody can blame a 20-year-old like Charly Musonda for growing frustrated, and he finally vented those emotions on Instagram on Monday.

Musonda isn't happy 

The young Belgian is widely thought to be one of the most promising academy graduates, having moved to Stamford Bridge as an ambitious 16-year-old.

Musonda enjoyed an OK spell at Real Betis that was unfortunately curtailed by injury and that whet his appetite for more playing time.

While he considered leaving west London, Antonio Conte convinced him to stay. The London Evening Standard suggest the Italian hinted that he would be given more opportunities.

Conte's big problem

That has quite patently not been the case. His only appearance this season came when he was introduced as a substitute in the 91st minute in the opening day 3-2 defeat to Burnley.

So, if Musonda is so highly-rated, why is Conte so averse to handing him his big break?

ESPN's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has explained that the manager has concerns over his physique, as he may not be physically strong enough to compete in the Premier League.

There are two worrying scenarios that could transpire as a result of his outburst. Either he has become so frustrated he will push for a move, or it's possible Chelsea will freeze him out as punishment for taking to social media.

Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether he has any future at Cobham now.

Should Conte give more youngsters a chance? Have your say in the comments. 

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