Under 18’s fall to Wigan
I was little distracted on Friday by work of all things, so wasn’t able to fully concentrate on the U18 Professional Development League 2 play-off final at The Valley, but it looked as if the best team won.
Congratulations to Wigan, who I have a lot of admiration for and credit to them for keeping their academy intact throughout all of their own traumatic ownership. Jamie Carragher’s son looked impressive at center-half. Likewise Charlie Barker was a class above the majority of others on the pitch.
Almost 600 cheered the red shirts on and there are many of those U18’s we will hear more from I am sure.
I’m glad that the club have paid attention to the run to the final of the U18 side, because as @rierti as so often said in my comments there has been long periods of time this season when the club’s official media channels have ignored the U18’s and U23’s.
With Charlton TV having to adapt to first team television rules next season, it would be great to see more coverage and live games from our academy teams.
And of course in true Charlton fashion, they lost, when there was a crowd watching them and the cameras were on;)
So very Charlton 🙄
I was very disappointed with the performance in what I saw of these players. The academy is the future of Charlton. Not one of these players in my opinion, with the exception of Barker who shows ambition will make it to the first team. It’s sad to think in those terms, but reality is a very hard pill to swallow.
The result was frustrating but I think that the main problem was that Wigan were physically stronger in general terms and it showed with both goals which came from corners. Several of our defenders are relatively tall but are not yet physically mature. Some of our most promising U18s have missed much of the season through injury notably Williams, Gavin, Toure, and Agyemang. Campbell had a quiet game but had obviously been identified as a danger and was double marked for a large part of the game. He is a first year and has another year in the U18s.
I thought Beadle and Elewere also first years showed promise and Santos in midfield could improve when he joins the U23s next season.