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Thorndike may have impressed Gerrard vs Charlton

Aston Villa were knocked out of the Papa John’s Trophy this evening following a 2-1 loss to League One side, Charlton Athletic.

Despite the loss, Finely Thorndike was a standout performer and excelled against senior opposition he was facing.

Whilst the most common names that spring to mind for fans in this side are Cameron Archer, Caleb Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace, it was Thorndike who acted as the catalyst on this occasion.

He latched on to Chukwuemeka’s perfectly weighted through ball and lashed home his effort to complete an exceptional move by Villa, who started the move from the back with Joshua Feeney.

Whilst his goal would impress most, it wasn’t his most impressive statistic of the evening. He recorded a total of five key passes, one big chance created, completed 100% of his dribbles and also recorded two tackles.

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It was a well-rounded performance from the 19-year-old who was a bright spark for this Villa side on both ends of the pitch.

His performance may have grabbed the attention of Steven Gerrard, who has already involved Carney Chukwuemeka on the bench of the Premier League fixtures he has managed so far.

Thorndike will be keen to replicate the emergence into the first team that Cameron Archer and Chukwuemeka have displayed, and performances like this will boost his chances immensely.

Gerrard has stated that if they are good enough, that young players will be provided with opportunities. He has impressed against a League One opponent this evening and could be knocking at the door to test himself in the Premier League very soon.

Gerrard will be focusing on stopping Manchester City currently, and with a fixture against Liverpool also coming up, it may not be time to bring a young player into the mix.

Thorndike will have to continue to impress in the under 23 side and if he does, he stands every chance of breaking into the first team setup.

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