Twenty-one-year-old forward Luke Charman scored with an excellent strike for the Under-23s at Macclesfield Town last night. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the youngsters fell short losing 2-1 in the first match from their EFL Trophy Group.
This is what Neil Redfearn said after the game about Luke Charman’s goal and his progress:
“Luke Charman’s goal is a great strike. I think he’s made good strides, but it’s getting the right messages inside his head, so he’s got the confidence to go and do it. We trust him, we like him as a player, he’s a great kid.”
Luke was interviewed after last night’s game for NUFC TV, where he spoke about the match, his goal, and some of his younger teammates who made appearances against Macclesfield.
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This is how Luke, rather modestly, described his 57th-minute strike that the time leveled the score:
“To be honest, I picked the ball up just inside the half and started running. I couldn’t really see anyone. I turned inside and thought ‘I haven’t had a shot so far, I may as well have one.’
“I’m not sure why I took it on my left foot. Thankfully I got a good connection, and it went in.”
Unfortunately, the hosts were able to take the lead just seven minutes later with a goal by Virgil Gomis. However, the lads continued to push on in the hope of finding a second goal.
Charman spoke about a late chance that almost fell perfectly for him, as well as two 16-year-olds who came on late for Newcastle:
Another day that falls perfectly to my feet or Bailey’s feet. It was just sort of in-between us both, and no one knew who was getting it.
Saying that I thought the lad that crossed the cross Elliot (Anderson) and Joe White that came on, I thought they did really well. Considering they were playing against senior players, I thought they did really well.
Luke expounded on the youth that has come through the ranks and into the U23s this season:
I’m not used to being one of the oldest. We’ve got a good young squad. A lot younger than the teams in our league and the competition were in now.
That’s not a disadvantage, it’s just something we have to deal with and figure out what’s the best shape and whose going to play. It’s a long season, and everyone will get their chance.
It may be a struggle for the U-23s this season without the likes of Elias Sorensen or Kelland Watts. However, they did pick up Jake Turner in goal, and Kyle Scott in the midfield as free agents.
They also have highly-rated Swiss striker Yannick Toure and Luke Charman, who should get a lot of opportunities to replace Elias Sorensen’s goals.
It also doesn’t hurt to have two 16-year-olds in Elliot Anderson and Joe White getting action with the U23s this season. Hopefully, they can continue to develop and hold their own with the rest of the squad.