Johnnie Jackson has spelled out that Mason Burstow has broken into Charlton’s senior squad on merit.
The 18-year-old came through the youth ranks at the South London club.
Burstow made his first league appearance for the Addicks when he replaced Josh Davison in the 77th minute of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle.
The striker scored just minutes after being introduced in the 4-0 victory over Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup first round.
Burstow also netted on his debut – with his first touch – in the EFL Trophy as Charlton thrashed Crawley 6-1.
He has travelled with Johnnie Jackson’s team for tomorrow night’s League One fixture at Morecambe.
Caretaker manager Jackson said: “He is a great kid. He is so confident I had no qualms [about bringing him on against Plymouth]. It was a big game to come on, a big crowd – there was quite a lot of weight on his shoulders. I was happy to fling him in because I think he can handle that.
“I’ve got confidence in him and he’s got confidence in himself. He is a good player. I knew Josh has run his socks off and his race was run. I knew Mason would give us a little bit of energy at the top end of the pitch.
“I’m absolutely delighted for him. It is great for the young lads to get their debuts and he deserves it. He has been there training with us every day. He holds his own and doesn’t look out of place. He warrants his place and he’ll be travelling with us.”
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