Man City legend Vincent Kompany fast-tracks 17-year-old son of ex-Man United star Chris Casper into Burnley first-team squad
Charlie Casper, the 17-year-old son of former Manchester United star Chris, has been fast-tracked into training with the Burnley first team.
The goalkeeper who’s grandfather Frank managed the Clarets, plays regularly for the Lancashire side’s Under-18s, but only signed a scholarship deal back in February.
Now, though, the goalkeeper has seen such a rapid improvement in his game that he’s begun travelling to games with Vincent Kompany‘s side, as well as training with them.
Although he’s yet to feature in a matchday squad, Casper did join the Burnley first-team on their trip to Preston, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
“Great experience with the first team last night,” the youngster wrote on his Instagram after the game.
Casper’s grandfather, Frank, spent around 20 years at the club in total as a player, coach and manager.
Charlie’s dad, Chris, was in Manchester United’s youth ranks in the 1990s, making two league appearances.
“I’m very proud of him. He’s worked hard to get this,” Frank Casper said on his grandson’s rise to the senior squad.
“I used to watch him as a junior when he was a midfielder and I thought he was a good player then.
“He strikes a good ball, which helps for goalkeepers in today’s game.
“He’s a level-headed lad who will work hard and he knows what it takes to be a footballer from myself and his dad.
“It’s always difficult as a goalkeeper because it’s one position, but I just hope he can make it all the way.”
Burnley have had a strong start to life back in the Championship for the first time since 2016 following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Kompany’s side have won seven of their opening games and are currently unbeaten in 14, following an impressive comeback against Sunderland on Saturday.