Solly the biggest let down of all
Whereas Lyle Taylor is never slow in publicly making his feelings clear, sensibly or non-sensical, Chris Solly throughout his career has always kept one’s counsel.
Lost in the hand wringing and abomination of Taylor’s decision not to play for us again, Solly slunk away to a quiet corner after making his even more improbable choice.
Solly is club captain, has served Charlton man and boy, and equally has been very well looked after through career threatening injuries. He held the play—off trophy aloft in Wembley’s royal box a year ago and this is his testimonial season where supporters with a lot less than him have contributed to.
What’s the story then?
Solly’s contract does run out at the end of this month, but so does that of nine other players. Protecting his injury has been a continuum for many seasons now and I will take all of this back if the 29-year old doesn’t want to play for health reasons protecting he and his family. I’d respect that.
But it is tough to respect Solly not making himself available for the relegation battle that is about to commence if it for selfish reasons. What does that say to your team mates, boss and thousands of fans that have followed your career for a very long time?
Sure, he lost his right-back berth to Adam Matthews at the turn of the year, but he is a more than capable back up and his experience around the squad vital.
Again, if this is Covid related, then Solly’s decision is completely understood, but if this is securing a summer move away from his boyhood club in his testimonial year then it leaves an utterly bad taste.
If Taylor’s decision was a stab to the heart, then Solly’s has punctured the soul.