TONY WATT DEBUT VERSUS BRIGHTON

Congratulations to Tony Watt who made his first team debut for Charlton on Saturday Afternoon

Full Name: Anthony WATT

Squad Number: 32

Valiant Number: 791

Manager: Bob Peeters

Debut Date: Saturday 10th January 2015

Opposition: Brighton & Hove Albion

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: 51st minute replacement for the injured George Țucudean

Position: Forward

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at completion: 0-1

Impact: Looked like he might be useful. Strong and good with the ball at his feet. Linked-up well with Chris Solly who had moved to midfield after Jackson went off injured. Set up Solly for a shot that hit the crossbar and had a shot of his own that went just wide.

Manager’s Quote: “He’s showing a lot of good things, but he needs to play more games because he lacks some rhythm of the game, but he can improve us in a lot of ways. He’s a good player, he’s very lively and positive on the ball and hopefully he can take that into the next game and score us some goals. I knew I was going to give him half an hour to show his ability and I think he’s done well. He was just unlucky not to score a goal.”

Date of Birth: 29th December 1993

Place of Birth: Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Age at Debut: 21 years, 12 days

Previous Clubs: Airdrieonians 15 (3), Celtic 25 (7), Lierse [Belgium] [loan] 16 (8), Standard Liège [Belgium] 13 (2)

Development: First came to the attention of Airdrie as a 15 year old when he responded to an advertisment in the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser. He was the stand-out player in a “bounce game” organised by the club and was put straight into their youth team. Progressed to the U19s and then the first team before being transferred to Celtic for a reported £80,000 in 2011.

Career Highlight to Date: Scoring what would be the winning goal in a Champions League match against Barcelona, November 2012.

Internationals: Played for Scotland at U19 5 (1), U20 1 (0) & U21 9 (5) levels.

Charlton Status: Signed a 3½ year deal with Charlton on 6th January 2014. He had previously been playing for network club Standard Liège but had struggled to fit in and had mainly made substitute appearances.

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