We are now over the midway point in the January transfer window and we have been doing a great bit of business. So far we have signed Welsh attacking midfielder Jonny Williams on a free from Palace, he is currently on a six-month deal with an option to stay at the club after the contract is over, also we have brought in a new keeper on-loan from Preston it is Jonny Williams fellow countryman Chris Maxwell and our latest signing is left-back Ben Purrington who we nicked off AFC Wimbledon as he was on loan to them from Rotherham United.
A departure that many fans wanted came to fruition this week as Nicky Ajose was sent out on loan to Mansfield Town and the majority of the Charlton faithful are glad to see the back of him after consistent lazy performances and just not showing the quality we all know he has, that’s why it’s so frustrating to have someone like him in the team so it’s probably better for both parties that he has left.
Rumours of more potential exits were also in the news this week as Karlan Grant has been heavily linked with Scottish Premier League side Rangers, however yesterday it was announced that we are in contract talks with Karlan and we are confident that he will commit his future to the club. At least some good news is coming out of this situation!
Also, the well-informed Richard Cawley of the South London Press has said that he spoke with Lee Bowyer about Billy Clarke and it’s very possible that he could be on his way out as well. The Irishman has been out injured for over a year now after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage. It is not clear whether this is a loan move or a permeant, but Lee Bowyer has said that Billy wants to play football although he can’t guarantee him a place in the first-team.
At this moment of time there is still no news on who the new attacker could be, we need to have a back-up as soon as possible because the options we have right now won’t cut it if Lyle Taylor or Karlan Grant suffer an injury, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild is not ready for first-team football and the pressure yet in my opinion, Igor Vetokele is very injury prone and even when he is playing he still can’t replicate what he was when he first came to Charlton and all our others are academy players such as new boy Algerian, Wassim Aouachria.
The Academy is showing promise and hopefully, they can get good enough to fill in these empty spots we have in the team right now, look out for names such as Wilberforce Ocran, Luke Carey and Terrique Anderson. I really hope more of our academy can impress Bowyer as he has given nine youth players their debuts this year, I don’t think it will stop there. Failing that we should look to the Premier League for a loan striker I think.
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