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One in, three out

That was the net result of Charlton’s transfer deadline activity. What happened to two players for each position? And the fabled third striker? The biggest concern for me, other than a lack of numbers, is the shift of experience level in the last few weeks has been seismic.

Novak, Crofts, Tex and even dare I say it Watt, are all players that have been around the block, 100+ appearances. Fosu looks good but is raw, and as for Joe Dodoo, he has played half a season at Rangers, scored 3 goals and rarely played an entire 90 minutes.

It’s honestly ground hog day, with Robinson’s timely chest thumping of how good our youngsters are, that they are our DNA blah blah. Turning down offers from Arsenal, like Wenger hasn’t got enough on his plate. Give it a rest Karl.

Lee Novak’s last minute move up north had been coming, but sold to a potential promotion rival and for no fee (only mentioned on the official Scunny announcement incidentally)?

Brandon Hanlan joined Josh Umerah out on loan. Hanlan went to Colchester yesterday until January. Umerah is at Wycombe.

As for Andrew Crofts, well he was a body, has started shaving, has experience of 400+ games and could do a job when called upon. Supposedly he was good around the training ground and captained the side as recently as Tuesday. By the way sounds as if Crofts will join Novak at Scunthorpe.

I make it 24 players in the squad. This includes long term injuries Marshall, Lennon and Page plus player-coach Jacko and the budding but untried potential of Barnes and Djiksteel. KAG, Dasilva and Konsa are just 19 and Aribo was late to the professional game.

Beyond that we have the man in the club shop printing new shirts and numbers for the likes of George Lapslie, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Taylor Maloney, although Regan Charles-Cook and Mikhail Kennedy are a bit more familiar to us.

The cheap, bare bones squad option every time. Heaven help us if we get a couple of injuries. With Magennis Robinson’s sole option in his preferred style of play, upfront is a crisis waiting to happen.

Now, overall the summer ins are of far better quality than the outs. And to use a Robinson-ism, the players want to be here, which is, well very Curbs and Powelly. Crofts etc moving on does open the door up to the likes of Djiksteel, Aribo and Konsa and perhaps Lapslie’s performance the other night made KR think he could do without Crofts.

It’s just that the overall haphazardness and mis-messaging of the summer dealings smells of no plan, and no real intent from the owner. Net spend and salaries are way down on last year, but I do give credit to Robinson for fighting his corner and pushing to bring in the likes of Marshall, Reeves and
Dasilva.

Time will tell I just hope we have enough magic sponges.

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  1. Agree with your sentiments CA but we shouldn’t be surprised should we? I don’t have stats to hand but going back to the promotion season of 2011/12, I remember a nucleus of 15-16 players featuring week in week out with the odd cameo from a Scott Wagstaff/Cedric Evina or Andrew Hughes. Maybe we were lucky with injuries that season or my memory is playing tricks on me. I’m not saying this starting XI is as good as them, merely that there wasn’t an awful lot of quality beyond the guys who amassed 101 points. Fingers crossed for a similar outcome…

    September 1, 2017
    • That is very true Tex but CP used the loan market very well during the course of the season. An option not available to KR.

      September 1, 2017

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