Boss out to keep starlet
Phil Parkinson is confident he can keep Jonjo Shelvey at Charlton after his goal in the 1-1 draw with Norwich.
Last Updated: 03/01/09 6:42pm
Jonjo Shelvey became Charlton's youngest ever goalscorer as the Addicks drew 1-1 with Norwich in the FA Cup third round - and manager Phil Parkinson is confident he will be able to keep him at the club.
Shelvey, just 16, struck a first-half opener and his goal would have sent Charlton through to round four but Norwich substitute Arturo Lupoli rescued his side with a 71st-minute equaliser.
Shelvey does not turn 17 until February, and manager Parkinson insists he could be a future star at The Valley.
He said: "He just loves football and he deserved his chance to play in this one because he did well earlier in the season. But he is only 16 and we have to be careful when and how we play him.
"He is a big asset to us and will be a top player. I'm sure we can keep hold of him, there haven't been any calls yet."
Norwich fans had a frustrating afternoon and spent much of the match chanting towards manager Glenn Roeder to bring Lupoli off the bench.
He was finally sent on after 64 minutes, and soon afterwards he shrugged off a couple of defenders before turning the ball home inside the penalty box.
Lupoli, on loan from Fiorentina, could have won the tie late on when he sidefooted just wide.
Despite his match-turning achievements, Roeder has warned the forward he still needs to improve if he wants to earn a starting berth.
He said: "It is in his hands. For a young man he has had a lot of clubs already. He needs to play more, not just have names on his CV.
"This game is about power, strength and pace, but he did finish his chance well. He couldn't have chosen a better time to score.
"It is important to stay in the FA Cup, it is the best competition in the world and needs to be taken very seriously.
"So we are probably the happier side as we came from a goal behind."