DION Charles says young forward Tariq Uwakwe is only going to get better during his loan spell at Accrington Stanley.

The 20-year-old, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, scored on his league debut in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Peterborough United which followed his hat-trick against Leeds United Under-21s in the ELF Trophy.

And Charles, who also scored in both games, said he will try to do all he can to help Uwakwe make the transition to league football.

“He’s been incredible since he has come in,” he said. “He’s only a young lad, it’s his first loan so he is learning and he is only going to get better.

“So to share the pitch with him and try to help him as much as I can and obviously he is going to get better and better as the season goes on.”

Charles, in his second season at the Wham Stadium says he is happy to take on more responsibilities but says every player must do the same.

“Anyone that is picked has to step up, you’ve been given an opportunity by the manager so you have got to take your chance when it comes,” he told the club website.

“I was lucky enough to get on the pitch and you have to work hard and don’t be the one to come off and pitch and don’t do your job properly

“As a striker, I pride myself on scoring goals and helping the team with assists. First league game of the season there is no better start than to get a goal on the board.”

Despite the winning start, Charles says Stanley will not be getting carried away.

“Football is a confidence game but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” he added. “We have got to take each game as it comes.

“Every opposition is going to be different but if we work hard I am sure our quality will show in the end.”