Former Charlton Athletic man Scott Wagstaff – who came through the Addicks’ academy – has moved to praise the youth set-up at The Valley in an interview with Football League World.
Charlton Athletic’s youth academy has produced a number of impressive talents over the years, with the likes of Scott Parker, Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman all coming through the academy at the Championship side.
One player who also made it through the academy is AFC Wimbledon winger Scott Wagstaff, and he has now moved to praise the club for the opportunities they provide to young players to get them into senior football. He said:
“They just give you a chance. Any young lad just needs to have that chance to be seen to play. I think there are probably a lot of young lads out there who are just as good but just haven’t been given a chance and fallen by the wayside.
“The younger you can play games and understand what it’s about will stand you in good stead. Charlton have been brilliant at bringing the young lads through. I was coming through with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Chris Solly, Harry Arter and Josh Wright, so there are some big names who have come through at that same time. Carl Jenkinson as well.
“But I think as a club they just give you a chance to let you showcase what you can do. There’s no pressure on you and the fans were obviously excellent.
“As a young lad coming through, they love homegrown players so they’d always support that as well so I think that definitely helped.”