Ex Spurs midfielder hoping to make grade with Charlton after frustrating time at Lane

News Shopper: Moses Ashikodi makes it 2-0 to Welling in Saturday's encounter. Picture by Keith Gillard. Moses Ashikodi makes it 2-0 to Welling in Saturday's encounter. Picture by Keith Gillard.

Midfielder Jack Munns is hoping to finally make a name for himself in the professional game with Charlton after finding first team opportunities limited at Spurs.

The 20-year-old midfielder failed to make the grade at White Hart Lane and quit to join the Addicks last summer.

He is still waiting to make his first full appearance for Charlton but put in an impressive 45 minute first half display during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Welling.

And now Munns is hoping to prove Tottenham were wrong to let him go by following in the footsteps of Jordan Cousins and Diego Poyet by establishing himself in the Addicks’ midfield.

He said: “I was a scholar at Spurs for two years and then I had a year as a professional there.

“I learnt a lot at Spurs technically, but at the same time the older I got the harder it got.

“There wasn’t a route through to the first team.

“They have got so much money and just brought in players.

“I played a little bit in the U21s, thought I did OK, but at the end of the season Tim Sherwood said that he didn’t think there was a route through for me.

“I didn’t just want to play U21s, I want to kick on and hopefully this is the season where I can do that.”

New head coach Bob Peeters has made no secret of his desire to play more Charlton youngsters this season having already invited defender Joe Gomez to train with the first team in pre-season.

Munns could also be set to benefit and admits Peeters’ philosophy is music to his ears.

“When you hear that it does spur you on,” the rookie midfielder said.

“Obviously with Joe Gomez as well, at only 17, I don’t think many managers would put him in but with the talent that he is he can do it. He is really good.

“He is one of the best that I have seen at that age. He can have a great future.”

Charlton will quickly want to move on from Saturday’s disappointing result at the Wings and Munns certainly wasn’t reading anything into the final score.

“Obviously it was a disappointing result,” he said.

“I think we could have attacked them a bit more in the first half and we sat off them a bit too much.

“We let them dictate it but as it went on we got into it and created some chances. We needed to be a bit more clinical and could have got some more shots off.

“After the break we dictated it well, dominated the game and they have scored on the break but we were much the better team.

“You want to win every game but you don’t want to come out of them with injuries. It is all about fitness.”

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