Mason Burstow has signed for Chelsea and will be loaned back to Charlton Athletic for the remainder of the season, as announced by the club this afternoon.
The 18-year-old, who has scored six goals in seven starts in all competitions this season, leaves the Addicks after just two senior league starts for the club.
Burstow was left out of the Addicks squad that won 2-1 at Portsmouth on Monday evening after the club accepted a bid from the Blues late on Deadline Day.
Owner Thomas Sandgaard explained the course of events when he spoke to the club’s website after the sale was confirmed.
He said: “We’ve had a lot of interest in Mason but we only were going to let him go if it was an excellent deal for the club.
“Chelsea have matched our valuation and, as part of the deal, he will come back to us on loan which was important for us.”
With Jayden Stockley’s current injury, Josh Davison’s loan departure and Jonathan Leko’s inconsistent form, the loan back seems necessary from a squad depth point of view.
Any transfer fee or speculation thereof remains undisclosed with the scenario clearly testing the ambition of Thomas Sandgaard at Charlton.
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It is an excellent move for Burstow, it feels very early considering he only broke into the Charlton first team a matter of weeks ago but the Blues appear to have met the club’s valuation with their third bid, according to TalkSPORT.
At 18 with such limited experience, it is likely that Burstow is a long way off of any first team involvement, and it will be interesting to see what the development path is for him after this season.
Whether the 18-year-old will feature in Premier League 2 for the Blues’ U23 side in 2022/23 or go out on loan elsewhere.
The gap between Charlton and the third tier play-offs stands at 13 points with 18 games left, therefore with little to play for it is unlikely Burstow, while on loan, will gain as many first team opportunities as he would have done had he remained an Addicks player.