Ahead of Saturday’s Professional Development League 2 play-off semi-final against Birmingham City, Charlton U18s Mason Burstow and Jeremy Santos previewed the tie.
“It’s been good,” says striker Burstow of the side’s preparations. “We’ve been working hard. Obviously we know we were going to be in it a couple of weeks back and we’re ready. It’s exciting.
“I’m confident we can win. Obviously we’ve been working hard, getting results week in week out and hopefully that can continue on Saturday.”
The young Addicks have been in scintillating form since the turn of the year and recently enjoyed a run of 11 consecutive victories, scoring 41 goals and conceding just nine with the duo forming a formidable partnership in front of goal.
“It’s been very enjoyable,” reveals midfielder Santos. “The whole season has been obviously full of success and downfalls but I think, as a team, we’ve kept strong and we’ve pulled through. We’ve won the league early which shows the quality that we have.”
“It’s been good, obviously the team is very good. Jeremy creates chances and I put them away,” jokes Burstow.
Both players have thrived under the stewardship of coach Anthony Hayes, and the duo were quick to praise the Irishman.
“I think the way he plays, the way he suits our team is the best for us," says Santos. "He’s helped us the whole way.”
“It’s been very good - the things that they do for us on and off the pitch,” reveals Burstow. “Very dedicated to the job and it helps us.”
The young Addicks then afforded an insight into the attributes and qualities of one another on the pitch.
“Very hardworking forward... gets goals,” explains Santos of Burstow. “He likes to link up with the whole team. I think he’s an all-round striker, he helps the team a lot.”
“Same for Jem,” admits Burstow. “He works hard… skilful player who creates a lot of chances and just helps the team.”