Gallagher signs for Swansea. Send for recruits
Swansea unveiled Conor Gallagher today on a 6-month loan. Farewell young man and thanks for the memories. The 19-year old was a pleasure to watch and he leaves SE7 with some very complimentary comments. Hopefully he continues his development in South Wales, which appears furthest from his parent club’s mind who mostly it appeared just wanted to pocket a loan fee and receive a larger payment towards his weekly salary, which I am led to believe is higher than any player at Charlton.
Enough Chelsea bashing, they offered us him, we took him and accelerated his career and there was always a chance that the loan would be terminated early. The pitfalls of our previous regime’s reliance on shopping in Lidl and populating the team with loan deals, whereas they should accentuate the team not dominate it.
Credit to Steve Gallen again for a plum pick and to Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson for some terrific development, which I am sure will not have gone unnoticed by Chelsea’s academy behemoth and Frank Lampard. We’ll wait and see if Cooper and his coaches are able to do the same. At least we won’t have to face them again this season.
In recent months Gallagher has had to play with other younger players, whereas I am sure Chelsea would’ve preferred it to be Williams and Cullen, but his performance against West Brom was at least a nice way to sign off.
We move on, but I hope that Gallen has plenty more tricks up his sleeve because thus far this transfer window we’ve signed Andre Green but lost Gallagher, Jonathan Leko, Joe Ledley and today Beram Kayal returned to Brighton after surgery.
Much was hoped of Kayal but he played just 211 minutes for the Addicks, just a bit more than an hour more than he did for Israel in three games, a source of frustration for Bowyer I’m sure.
It says a lot about our injury nightmare this season that Kayal hardly ever missed a game for Celtic or Brighton in his ten years in the UK.
So, halfway through the month and lots of transfer work to be done and our threadbare squad now has a Conor Gallagher size gap in it.
As for Marcus Maddison, Peterborough may have accepted our offer, but that doesn’t mean that Maddison will, and I am sure he will play a waiting game to see what else develops this month.
Don’t you love Addicks’ transfer windows?