Charly Musonda really put his neck on the line with an impassioned Instagram post last week and, albeit heated, he spoke a lot of truths.
The Chelsea academy system hasn't produced a permanent first-team graduate since John Terry and the summer expulsions of Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek certainly raised a few eyebrows.
However, despite the military operation that is Chelsea's loan system, Musonda has endured in the Blues' Premier League squad this season.
Musonda was blooded against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup and prickled everyone in Stamford Bridge with a debut goal that reduced him to tears.
Just days after that magical moment, though, he wrote on Instagram: “You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what's expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should.
“And what do you get back? Literally nothing,... done."
Sounds pretty defeatist, doesn't it? And Antonio Conte certainly wasn't dishing out sympathy in his press conference ahead of the doomed Crystal Palace trip.
He simply warned: "He must continue to work in the way that he is and to be focused on the pitch and not on social media, because social media is not the most important thing for his career."
Despite that, Musonda was handed his Premier League bow at Selhurst Park and had Chelsea fans weak at the knees with a few promising moments against the Eagles.
Blues supporters were certainly happier to see the 21-year-old manning the wing as opposed to an out of character Willian.
That appearance at the weekend seems to have had an unexpected effect on Musonda, too.
After posting a routine Instagram post on Sunday to thank everybody for their birthday messages, he then took the surprise decision to draft one especially for Chelsea as well. Check it out below:
Talk about a stark contrast to last week's upload!
While, admittedly, the bulk of the thanks did go to the supporters, he was keen to declare himself 'blessed' to be at Chelsea at such a young age despite having rinsed their academy system just days previously.
Then, the once 'done' Belgian chose to suddenly rally the troops with a message of 'let's keep going!'
It's certainly bizarre but also great to see.
There's no doubting that Musonda is an exciting young talent and if he continues to thrive in the first-team opportunities he's being given, he won't regret cutting out the criticism. Lesson well and truly learnt, it seems.
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