Charlton Athletic will be looking to push on in League One this month after making an underwhelming start to the 2021/22 campaign.
The Addicks are currently 21st in the third-tier standings and are set to take on Lincoln City on Saturday.
With the pressure starting to build on manager Nigel Adkins, it will be intriguing to see whether he decides to turn to the club’s academy for inspiration in the coming months.
Here, we take a look at TWO of Charlton’s most exciting young prospects and assess whether they will be given the opportunity to prove themselves in League One this season…
Karoy Anderson has been with Charlton for eight years and recently committed his future to the club by signing his first professional contract.
The 17-year-old has been utilised at youth level in central-midfield by the Addicks and is known for his defensive capabilities as Academy Manager Steve Avory recently praised him for his tackling ability.
When you consider that Charlton are currently able to call upon the likes of Harry Arter, Alex Gibley and George Dobson, Anderson may find it difficult to force his way into the club’s match-day squad this season.
If the Addicks are looking to help Anderson adjust to senior football, they may opt to send him out on loan in the January transfer window to a team in a lower division.
Johl Powell will be looking to become a key player for Charlton in the coming years.
The midfielder was given a chance to showcase his talent in the club’s EFL Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon in August as he was utilised as a substitute by Adkins at The Valley.
Yet to make an appearance in League One, Powell is likely to feature on a regular basis at youth level this season.
Having scored for Charlton’s Under-23 side in their 3-0 victory over Reading in the Premier League Cup last month, the 20-year-old will be aiming to produce another eye-catching display against Derby County’s youth outfit this evening.