Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Championship Preview - Charlton Athletic

The Valley...Looks like it could be another year of under-achievement!

Not that much to say about Charlton except that there is a big sale going on and they have been flogging some of their top players in what appears to be an attempt to balance the books. Charlton failed to reach the promised land last season, finishing 11th, and so it looks as if they've decided to settle for life in the Colaship and recoup some money.

Not what Bigus was expecting at all. I had not paid much attention to Charlton this off-season until now, but I expected a few in and a push for the playoffs this season. Lets have a closer look at the comings and goings...

Out: Marcus Bent (on loan last year), Sam Sodje, Leroy Lita (loaned from Reading), Madjid Bougherra (to Rangers for 2.5 million), Chris Iwelumo (to Wolves), Patrick McCarthy (to Crystal Palace), Greg Halford (loaned from Sunderland, moved to Sheffield United), Ben Thatcher (Free agent to Ip... Ip... Them) and Chris Powell.

In: Oh dear... Mark Hudson (from Palace), Stuart Fleetwood (from Forest Green).

Not a happy chappy...Pard's.

Addicks boss Alan Pardew seems a little unhappy at all of the exits at the Valley...

"The agenda that I was given this year was a bit of a shock to me, especially the financial situation we're in which wasn't made clear to me,"
There is no doubt that Charlton will miss Bougherra, Halford, Iwelumo (46 games last term), McCarthy and the out-going Zheng Zhi (7 goals from midfield last season). Pardew admitted today that Charlton were considering a bid made for the Chinese national team captain (look out for Zhi in the Olympics starting this week!).

Varney: Needs to find his Crewe shooting boots.

Pardew will need to sign a couple of players fast and return to his contact book to bring a couple of loans in. Lita won't be returning though, Reading have joined Charlton in the Colaship and his goals will be needed for their promotion push.

Ambrose, Faye, Holland, Fortune and Varney are all good players but they will need to step up and stay fit for Charlton to have any hope of the playoffs. Varney especially. He has only managed 8 goals in 40 games after a 2 million pound move from Crewe.

My prediction? 9th.



Andrew said...

Charlton > Norwich

Just saying.

Mike Georger said...

charlton is one of those teams along with watford and derby that i never want to see up top again.

unrelated note, robbie keane just set up a beautiful goal for alonso.

Bigus Dickus said...

Andrew. This summer

Charlton..2 signings.
Norwich?..10 and 3 promised.

Norwich's ambition > Charlton's ambition.

Just saying...

Mike Georger said...

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holy shit thats euro trash

BerbaBent said...

You spent way too much on Keano. I love him but that was over the odds.

Keith said...

Yeah, Berba, but you've spent way too much on Modric and dos Santos.

And Pool have not yet begun to spend over the odds. Wait till the Garethdinho transfer actually goes through, for 18 million GBP (plus maybe Steve Finann)

BerbaBent said...

Modric is 4 mill a yr for 4 yrs. A rather nice payment plan. I think he is class and will fare well. Some belive he is lightweight yet from the glimpses I am seeing he looks the part. G Dos Santos was quite cheap by todays standards. I realize that you cannot judge a man by Norwich, Leyton, Celtic etc but he too looks like a handful. Our D Bent purchase was the one you should have been referencing to over the odds purchases by Mr Levy.

Keith said...

actually, your D Bentley purchase will go alongside that.

besides, Darren Bent's an old joke.

Andrew said...

Norwich just signs Omar Koroma. Hence:

Norwich > Charlton.

'Tis amazing what one 18-year old Ghanian can do to a team's prospects.

/no Arsene Wenger

Bigus Dickus said...

Andrew. They signed OJ last Thursday. Your news service is slow. He is a third or fourth striker..Other new signings for your perusal...

John kennedy
David Bell
Arturo Lupoli
Dejan Stefanovic
Elliot Omasuzi
Ryan Bertrand
Sammy Clingan

Andrew said...

I've been using SkySports Transfer Centre. There must be a better one.