Loan spells can be the making of young players and that often means the path to success is not always smooth.

Young talent Dylan Levitt is finding this out the hard way at Charlton Athletic.

Levitt, 19, began the season well, starring for Wales on international duty, and United took their time in finding him what they hoped would be the right loan club.

It is too early to cast judgement on whether that is Charlton, as manager Lee Bowyer has tried to involve him as much as possible.

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At the weekend Levitt was substituted at half-time in the Addicks win away at Northampton.

He had made 26 touches in 45 minutes, making two interceptions, but otherwise struggling to make an impact.

Bowyer blamed the weather, and said the blustery conditions did not suit Levitt’s style of play.

The score was goalless at half-time, and Charlton went on to win 2-0 in the second half.

Bowyer told the SLP: “It was difficult for young Dylan there. It was not his type of game.”


35-year-old Darren Pratley came on in his place, with Bowyer deciding the game required experience over youth, and the veteran substitute went on to score the opening goal.

Learning curve

Charlton are seven games into a 46 game league season and so this is just a match to brush off, for Levitt.

This was just Levitt’s third league start. He has also played in one Carabao Cup game.

Playing ‘men’s football’ is a step up for Levitt from the under-23s, and a good challenge for him.

While he has a little experience for Wales at international level and featured in the Europa League once for United last season, League One is a bit of a culture shock.

United will likely re-assess his situation in January even though his loan deal is for a year.

Until then, Levitt needs to dig in, work hard, and show he is suitable and adaptable for the challenge at hand.

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Manchester United loan exits 20/21

  1. Aliou Traore

    SM Caen (season)

  2. Joel Pereira

    Huddersfield Town (season)

  3. Andreas Pereira

    Lazio (season)

  4. Diogo Dalot

    AC Milan (season)

  5. Di’Shon Bernard

    Salford City (until end of season)

  6. Jake Carney

    Portadown (season)

  7. Ethan Laird

    MK Dons (Jan to end of season)

  8. Jesse Lingard

    West Ham (Jan to end of season)

  9. James Garner

    Nottingham Forest (Jan to end of season)

  10. Tahith Chong

    Club Brugge (Jan to end of season)

  11. Facundo Pellistri

    Alaves (Jan to end of season)

  12. Teden Mengi

    Derby (Jan to end of season)

  13. Dylan Levitt

    NK Istra (Feb to end of season)

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