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Introducing: Toby Stevenson as Charlton’s next great academy prospect

Introducing: Toby Stevenson as Charlton’s next great academy prospect

Charlton Athletic are currently putting on a charge to win promotion from League One and finally get themselves back into the Championship.

Things for the Addicks look to have certainly improved under Lee Bowyer, on the pitch rather than away from it.

The 41-year-old has been able to get a number of solid performances out of his players this season which has seen the south London outfit occupy a playoff spot as they head into the halfway stage of the campaign.

Bowyer has not gone without his concerns though, with a number of key players having been injured at crucial moments.

However, Charlton appear to have an outstanding academy set up that has been able to produce some of the country’s top talents, something the manager has already tapped into.

They have overseen the development of the likes of Ademola Lookman, Joe Gomez, Jonjo Shelvey and Ezri Konsa to name just a few who have gone on to bigger things.

And, one man could be next to break from those developmental ranks and make a rather big name for himself in the senior set-up at The Valley.

Having joined from Leyton Orient in the summer, Toby Stevenson made his debut for the Addicks’ first-team earlier in the season in the Checkatrade Trophy and it is one that he, and a number of Charlton fans, will not forget in a hurry.

Despite being a left-back, the 19-year-old hit a hat-trick in the same game against Stevenage and helped them romp home to an 8-0 win.

His whirlwind couple of months have continued as he was used in the FA Cup first round match against Mansfield and scored, whilst providing an assist in their replay to get them into the next round.

If those few moments are anything to go by, Stevenson could have an exciting career at Charlton and The Valley and be in Lee Bowyer’s first-team plans in the near future.

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