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Newcastle: Luke Charman keen to use U23s as platform to first-team

Newcastle: Luke Charman keen to use U23s as platform to first-team

Newcastle United youth striker Luke Charman is keen to use the Magpies’ Under 23s as his platform to catch Steve Bruce’s attention, having not departed the Toon on loan this summer, as quoted by the Chronicle.

Charman is yet to make a senior appearance for the St. James’ Park natives (TransferMarkt), while an injury forced the 21-year-old to return home from a loan spell with Accrington Stanley earlier than planned last season.

Charman joined Newcastle as a 13-year-old and is back playing in their U23s under the tutelage of Neil Redfearn, but is keen to taste more than youth-team football after first wearing the Black and White jersey in a Under 21 Premier League game back in 2016.

Redfearn is likewise keen to see Charman have more experiences in his account, and named the Sherburn Village-born striker as captain against Manchester United before dropping the forward into a deeper role against Macclesfield in the EFL Trophy.

Charman netted the Magpies’ only goal on the night in the cup, and has noted how the game showed just how far apart youth-team and senior football are, while revealing his plans for the immediate future.

“You start to realise [what] the physical step is like,” he said, in relation to his half-season loan with Accrington that returned four appearances. “It is absolutely huge.

“You saw at Macclesfield how many of our players got pushed off the ball. They aren’t weak, they just aren’t used to it. You learn how to get your body in the way.

“I enjoyed it at Accrington last season, but I had a few injuries. When I came back I got injured quite badly. Now, I am not focused on loans, I just want to play as many games as I can and get as fit as I can, let’s see where that takes me.”

While future loan spells away from Newcastle are not currently in Charman’s plans, he must learn from Elias Sorensen’s struggle to forge a first-team role for himself purely through youth-team football.

The Denmark U20 international has been prolific on the youth stage in recent seasons, but 16 goals in 27 U23s outings after 15 in 34 U18s fixtures (TransferMarkt) was not enough to see the 19-year-old land a role in Bruce’s plans, and instead joined League Two side Carlisle United on loan for the term.

Charman does not currently have the same taste for goals to fall back on, either, as the 21-year-old has netted just 13 in 50 Under 23s appearances, while his best single campaign return came in 2017/18 when he hit six in 16 games.

Newcastle fans, can you see Charman being a first-team worthy striker at St. James’ Park? Let us know in the comments below…

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