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How Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi came close to scoring "goal of the season" for Charlton

Tuesday 21st February 2017
Arsenal loanee Stephy Mavididi almost scored one of the goals of the season at the weekend for his Charlton side against Rochdale in their 3-3 draw in the League One encounter.

The pacey forward, who can also play as a winger, picked the ball up from the edge of his own box and advanced towards Dale's penalty area in just a few seconds later.

The dazzling run saw Mavididi evade five Rochdale tackles with ease showing fabulous pace and skill to do so.

After closing in on goal, the England U19 international was unable to take advantage of his glorious run, only managing to toe-poke the ball towards visiting goalkeeper, Ben Wilson to which the former Sunderland academy graduate parried behind for a Charlton corner.
The chance didn't end up to be a waste for the Addicks as Jake Forster-Caskey's corner found defender Patrick Bauer at the back post who headed down for his centre-back partner, Jorge Teixeira,  to convert to give Charlton a 2-1 lead.

Unfortunately for Karl Robinson's men, they were unable to come away from Spotland with three points as the match resulted in a pulsating 3-3 draw.

However, the result did not deny Robinson's opportunity to applaud the run and effort from Mavididi, who was a second-half substitute for the Addicks.

“If that goal had gone in it would have been one of the best goals I've ever seen live. Unfortunately, it wasn't for him but then we scored from the corner,” he told the South London Press.

Robinson also applauded the 18-year-old for his passion displayed in his short time at The Valley.

“I was more impressed with when we scored the second – for a loan player to celebrate like he did shows that he really cares,” he said.

“You don't always get that when you get players from big clubs. He really cares about the development of himself and the results of the club.”

Mavididi arrived at Charlton at the end of the January transfer window until the end of the season and was the top scorer for the Gunners' U21 side, netting 17 goals in 30 matches.

At the time of his move to South East London, Robinson told Charlton Athletic's official website: “Stephy is someone that I've seen a few times in the U23 Premier League and he has certainly got the key components to succeed in what I call ‘real' football.

“He has the power, the game intelligence and this move is one that he has to grab with both hands.

“They speak highly of him in the Arsenal youth set-up and he will give us something different. Stephy is a real talent and I'm sure Charlton will be a real home for him in the short term.”

So after just three professional matches, Mavididi has already got a lot of Charlton fans, excited for what the future holds during the rest of the season for the talented youngster.
Certainly, as the run proved, he still needs to work on his finishing but Arsene Wenger must be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of working with Mavididi and there is no question that he is definitely one to watch for years to come.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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