Charlton Atheltic manager Karl Robinson says he’s excited to work with Stephy Mavididi again, after the Arsenal youngster completed a loan move to the club.
The 19-year-old spent some time with the Addicks last season, before an injury cut that loan short.
Robinson is clearly happy to have the young striker back.
He told their club website: “I am really looking forward to working with Stephy again. He is such a talented player and we only got to see a glimpse of what he could do last time he was here.
“I’ve watched him a lot since he’s come back from injury and he is a phenomenal talent.
“I don’t think it is any secret that we wanted to bring him in over the summer. The fans will have seen how quick, powerful and skilful he is from his first spell with us. He is a Championship quality player already and he comes to Charlton now with a point to prove.”
It was no secret that Robinson wanted Mavididi this summer.
The manager was quoted as saying (via ThisIsLocalLondon): “He was very good. He scored with his left foot on Tuesday and scored two last Thursday.
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“But I know where he’s going. We were meant to meet him and for whatever reason, we weren’t given the opportunity to meet him.”
The England u20 international ended up at Preston North End on loan instead, but struggled to get any consistent game time for the club.
In half a season at Preston, he made three league starts, and played 90 minutes once. As a result, Arsenal recalled the youngster, and sent him back to Charlton.
Mavididi is now somewhere the manager supports and has faith in him. His first experience of life in the Championship may not have gone to plan, but Charlton have given him a second chance in League One.
The club are four points off the play-off places with a game in hand at the moment.
Hopefully the Arsenal youngster can get some starts and prove himself. He told the Charlton Twitter account that his footballing hero is Thierry Henry, so the sooner he can get amongst the goals at senior level, the better!