Rich Cawley was full of joys of the season this morning as he announced that both Jonny Williams and Sam Field have suffered setbacks in their returns from injury.
Both were expected to be on the bench on Saturday at Loftus Road, but Williams has tweaked his hamstring and Field likewise his knee during a full training session at West Brom, his last one before he was to drive back down to SE7. Happy bloody Christmas.
Also, in what seems more of a red herring, Cawley also exclusively tells of another Roland Duchatelet new contract offer to Lyle Taylor being turned down. Taylor who continues to play with Addicks’ fans emotions (if you let it get to you that is) on Twitter, will clearly wait to see what the new owners have in mind in January.
Taylor has not started a game since August but is sure to have many transfer window suitors and now apparent Premier League clubs are sniffing. Like everyone I want him to stay at least until the summer, giving time to allow ESI to rebuild the squad, and hopefully still in The Championship, but if Taylor is to leave Bowyer and Gallen need to know that as soon as the clock turns 12.01 on New Year’s Day so they can plan accordingly.
We cannot have another Duchatelet transfer window full of false promises and lack of direction, only to be sold down the river on deadline day.
It’s not a secret that several Championship clubs are interested in signing Lyle Taylor and allegedly there is interest from Rangers as well, all that could of course be down to his agent planting stories in the media in order to get a better deal out of Charlton. At his age though this could be his last chance to get a decent wage – he’ll be 30 in March, so he needs to get the right deal. I doubt that he made the sort of money that many pros make in their 20s – he spent much of it flitting from club to club before he finally found his feet at the Dons. Elsewhere I saw a snippet that the EFL are seeking assurances that East Street Investments is sufficiently independent from Sheikh Mansour, the owner of Man City. Apparently this is the case – and hopefully the Roland era (error?) can end asap.