Eye-brows were raised when Albie Morgan was selected to start in the first leg of the play-off semi-final at Doncaster on Sunday.

A keen fan of the midfielder, Lee Bowyer selected the 19-year-old over the experienced duo of Jonny Williams and Darren Pratley in the 2-1 win at the Keepmoat Stadium.

But the Academy graduate’s rise to commanding a regular first team spot is just the start according to the Addicks boss.

That said, there are still areas that Bowyer thinks he needs to work on before he makes the next step.

“He’s come a long way,” he said.

“He came with us pre-season by luck because we had no players in the building and he was technically very good.

“But he needs to work at his game out of possession.

“He’s always played in the ten-role as a kid, and you don’t have many defensive duties in the ten role.

“He has to learn that in men’s football you have to defend as well.

“Anyone can play if you’ve just got a free role which he’s had most of his young career, so he has to learn the other side of the game.

“He is learning and he’ll get better.

“Once he’s learned that, with his tech ability and vision he’ll go a long way.”

Morgan was one of four Charlton graduates who started at Doncaster, with Dillon Phillips, Anfernee Dijksteel and Joe Aribo all featuring.

Morgan is expected to be involved in Friday’s second leg with Doncaster Rovers at The Valley.


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