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.