George Lapslie, an academy gem, is a highly-rated prospect in the Charlton youth development. The Englishmen captained the Under 18’s side playing a key role as a center-midfielder, whilst also making several appearances for the Under 23’s.
After coming 2nd last year the U18’s Professional Development League 2 – South, Lapslie has now successfully progressed into the U23’s team and has his eyes set on winning the title and the playoffs:
“If we keep our heads down and perform in the way we know we can I can see us achieving this, on our day, I genuinely believe we can beat any U23 side out there.”
Leading the League
And this achievement is very possible as his side are currently six points clear in 1st place with 15 games to go.
The league is divided into two, Division North and Division South, the top 2 teams from each division qualify for a semi-final then the final where they can be named the division champions.
Progressing into a higher level of youth football can be challenging as it can demand more physically, something Lapslie has come to appreciate.
“I had been eased into the U23’s football last year, making many sub appearances and started a handful of games, the transition for me was quite smooth and I got to grips with what is expected from me now.”
So far this season, Lapslie has faced QPR’s, Ravel Morrison, Crystal Palace’s, Lee and Watford’s, Ben Watson.
Lapslie is taking the challenges of the playing in the U23’s in his stride:
“In U23’s football you can be playing against experienced pro’s and that is what we are aspiring to be, so we relish the opportunity when an opponent puts a strong side out against us.”
Lapslie’s teammates are still in all four competitions and have set themselves the goal to win all four; Kent Senior Cup, U23 Premier League Cup, Professional Development League 2 and the Play-Offs.