Heading into the second half of the 2016/17 League 1 season, Charlton manager Karl Robinson brought in English youngster Jay Dasilva on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign.
In that time, Dasilva made 10 league appearances where his performances were so good, it convinced the Addicks to re-sign the 20-year-old on loan the following season with the decision to do so being one that delighted supporters of the London club.
Quality signing #CAFC
— AB (@AB_cafc) 21 July 2017
Great signing Welcome back Jay
— Daniel Gurr (@DanielGurr1) 21 July 2017
Brilliant news, this lad is a real talent and played with the commitment the club expects. Well done @CAFCofficial
— Matt Broad (@matthewbroad) July 21, 2017
— Danny Turner (@dannyturner1974) 21 July 2017
Well done Karl
— LiamForeman (@LiamForeman_) 21 July 2017
Great signing Welcome back Jay #CAFC
— Lewis Stubbs (@LewisStubbs1302) 21 July 2017
Brilliant business!! #cafc
— JAMIE HILL FITNESS (@jamiehill_pt) July 21, 2017
And in the end, it was a decision that had truly been justified after Dasilva went on to be named Charlton’s 2017/18 Player of the Year after making that left-back position his own.
Robinson, the man who brought Dasilva to the Valley, was replaced by Lee Bowyer in the latter part of the campaign with the 38-year-old resigning to take up the Oxford United job.
However, that had no impact on the form of Dasilva who was brilliant all season down the left flank.
From there, Dasilva proved to be an attacking menace with his pace and ability to weave out of the tightest of situations thanks to his technical skill.
On top of that, his defending was also top notch as the Chelsea youth product showed that for all of his ability on the ball, he does have some physicality to his game despite his lack of height.
Dasilva has since go on to join Bristol City in the Championship on another loan deal in a move that will leave Bowyer feeling envious given the problems he has had with the left-back position during the current campaign.