Lee Bowyer has established himself as one of the top young managers the EFL has to offer this season, with his Charlton side on an unbelievable run in 2019 and pushing for automatic promotion.
The former midfielder is ready and willing to bring youth players through to the first team if they have earned it and the likes of George Lapslie, who has made 25 league appearances this campaign, have benefited greatly.
With Roland Duchatelet likely to be reluctant to provide Bowyer with much in the way of funding this summer, the Addicks boss may be forced to comb the academy for his next first team star: that could well be Alfie Doughty.
The left-sider was in sensational form for the Addicks Under-23’s on Tuesday as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Burnley and will surely have caught Bowyer’s eye at The Valley.
The 19-year-old opened the scoring after the returning Jake Forster-Caskey pinged a free-kick over to the left, allowing him to get his knee over the ball and unleash a howitzer of a half-volley past Aiden Stone in net for the Clarets, who had absolutely no chance.
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Mere moments later, the teenager nearly had his second but fired wide, although his excellent all-round showing would see him get the brace he deserved in the latter stages, with yet another left-footed half-volley.
Clearly he has a knack for scoring special goals; some Charlton fans may remember the 60-yard, first-time strike he score for the Addicks Under-18’s in the FA Youth Cup in December 2017.
The former Kingstonian loanee was heavily involved in his side’s creation on Tuesday and was a constant threat down the left wing with his trickery and vision. Despite being listed as a defender on Charlton’s official website, his two-goal performance in a more advanced position suggests the youngster has a lot more to offer on the front foot.
One thing is for certain, if he can keep registering displays of that calibre, it will only be a matter of time before he makes his first team bow.