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Late night Deji

About 9pm tonight Charlton’s OS and Twitter burst into life as the club announced the signing on a free transfer of Deji Oshilaja, a 26-year old centre-half. Oshilaja turned down new contract offers with AFC Wimbledon and allowed his contract to run down, leaving in June. Since then he has been on trial at Luton Town, even playing for them last week. Hatters’ manager Graeme Jones was said to be impressed, yet a few days later, he signs for us.

I’d suggest it has something to do with this guy:

Deji captained Wimbledon last season, can play across the back four, and gives Bowyer many options including being part of a back three.

Steve Gallen said: “We tried to get Deji in last year, he was one of two players that we actually made bids for last summer. We tried to buy him from Wimbledon, they turned down our first, second and third offer, so he’s somebody that I’ve been well aware of for a little while now. I watched him a lot in the last couple of years. He’s strong, dependable, quick, athletic, he’s got a very good attitude, he was a captain at Wimbledon and these are the things in particular that we like about him.”


Personally I know nothing about the lad, except that he was on a list of preferred free signing possibilities that I read early in the summer. Another one I’d suggest with something to prove, but another stepping up in class.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. rierti #

    Appears to be a good signing as Deji is able to play across the back four. We lack cover on the right side in particular. From the data available he seems to be just under 6ft. so similar in build to Lockyer. May be a good option as right back or on the right of a back three.
    I must confess I find the situation with Morgan difficult to understand, Bowyer appears to want to improve Morgan’s defensive ability so that he can play a deeper role. I think Morgan is a no.10 and was hoping that he would share that role with Williams who is unlikely to play 90 minutes on a regular basis based on his record at Crystal Palace. I think we have a fight on our hands to survive in the Championship so sending our best prospect out on loan is difficult to understand.

    July 23, 2019
  2. Shadow Play #

    Again a typical Bow signing, another who captained his team (like Lockyer) and is a leader with something to prove and ambitious. On paper a good signing. The situation with Morgan is interesting, we have cover at 10/attacking midfield with Chuks and Williams so I can’t see him getting much game time there – he’s young and it seems sensible to send him on loan so he can develop his game. I’m not sure he’s strong enough to play a deeper midfield role – at Wembley he struggled. It might also be a sign that we are about to draft in another midfield player or two pushing him down the pecking order.

    July 23, 2019
    • rierti #

      I am not sure that Chuks is a No.10 at Championship level he may be better employed as a striker using his strength against the opposition’s central defenders and thereby creating space for Taylor who is very mobile.

      July 23, 2019
    • rierti #

      Re: Morgan, he did not play at Wembley, not in the team, not on the bench. I think you must mean the Doncaster game at the Valley

      July 24, 2019
  3. rierti #

    The U23s played a game at Carshalton yesterday drawing 2-2. As usual nothing on the various CAFC sites and no team or goalscorer information on the Carshalton site. PATHETIC!!!!.

    July 23, 2019

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