Don’t you love the transfer window? Addicks everywhere pace around the room crossing each day of January off as the month passes slower and slower, whilst the crackpot owner sits in his bunker stroking his cat like a yellow-toothed Blofeld.
Lee Bowyer, as honest as ever today, said the threat that Karlan Grant leaves this month is very real. Huddersfield Town, 10 points adrift of safety in the Premier League, are willing to spend big on signing Grant. West Brom, Middlesbrough, Brentford and Rangers are all keeping tabs on the 21-year old as well, who a year ago was pushed out on loan to Crawley Town.
Grant is one of 14 players out of contract in the summer. 14. Long term planning is not one of Roland Duchatelet’s strong points.
Another one of those out of contract is Billy Clarke, who Bowyer is happier to lose, with a striker still on the radar. Bowyer says he has a list, and this is likely a loan replacement of Nicky Ajose. That list includes Bristol City’s Mo Eisa and QPR’s Paul Smyth.
If Grant goes, we don’t only lose an on-fire striker with a big career ahead of him, who is one half of Charlton’s most prolfic strike force since Hales and Flanagan, but we also threaten a wonderfully promising campaign that has generated a real bond between players and fans, propagated by Bowyer and Jacko.
Grant and Taylor have developed into a potent partnership and just when we have built a team under Bowyer which can make a realistic bid for promotion,it looks like RD is going to cash in. The mood of the fans has recently been raised significantly and this will be hit if Grant is lost. He will likely be replaced by a loanee whose quality is unproven. Hackett Fairchild is promising but not yet ready for a prolonged run in the team. I have seen Ocran several times and only seen him score one goal which was a gift from the opponents goalkeeper. We have to consider the old remedy of pushing one of our central defenders up front to create a physical presence possibly Sarr or Bauer. As Pearce is injured Sarr is the only left sided central defender so my option would be Bauer as Bielik could drop back to fill the right sided central defender role. This could be done in the last 30 minutes of a game if we are behind. If Grant plays at Peterborough I would start with Hackett Fairchild rather than Fosu as I don’t think Grant should play the no.9 role.
Smyth has signed for, wait-for-it, Accrington Stanley!
Accrington Stanley. Who are they? 😀
I totally agree with Bowyer’s comment that Karlan’s position is much stronger if he stays here and scores another 15 goals until the end of the season. As a free agent he would be able to command a higher salary in the summer. If we get promoted we’ll be in the same league as Huddersfield next season. Let’s hope his agent is savvy.