The first loan of Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen’s career, to Charlton Athletic, can only be described as a great success, with the 19-year-old making 30 appearances for the third division side already, including 26 starts in the league. Many rate him well above the level of League One football at this point, with a tougher loan certainly beckoning for next season.
Maatsen is primarily a left back, but is also quite versatile. He has already featured as a left winger, a central midfielder and a left wing-back, but over the weekend against Doncaster Rovers, he was deployed for the first time at right wing — where he would put in a thoroughly impressive performance, including his first goal in senior professional football: excellent movement to find space between the defenders, before firing a half-volley into the back of the net.
Maatsen joined Charlton while Lee Bowyer was still the manager. Fortunately the latter’s departure hasn't affected the youngster’s playing time, and he has continued to impress under new manager, Nigel Adkins as well. Charlton are just one position below the playoff spots in the division, and will be hoping to make a late push for promotion via that method. Maatsen will be key in those aims, probably at left back, but maybe further forward!
Good luck, Ian!