I know some of you have good intelligence on Charlton’s young players so I’m interested in feedback on those released by the club this week.
Sadly Covid and the financial crisis around football clubs will make it even harder for some these young men to bounce back into the game, yet being a younger, hungrier and cheaper option than those at the twilight of their career may be beneficial as clubs lower down the ladder are more likely to fill their squads with cheaper rough diamonds than polished stones.
These U23’s have left the club following the expiration of their contracts with Charlton:
The headline writers will be devastated to see Wilberforce Ocran leave, but the most recognizable name on that list is Toby Stephenson, who will be a Charlton trivia question for years to come. I’m led to believe that the 20-year old defender lacks strength and pace, despite his eye for goal.
The Addicks did take up one-year options on the following:
Both Wassim Aouchria and Armando Junior Quitirna signed new one-year contracts with a one-year option.
Vennings and Dempsey were first teamers during our huge injury troubles. Both made four appearances, and were regulars on the bench between November and January. Osaghae and Harness are goalkeepers, Vega and Mingi are both centre-backs and Powell plays in midfield. Strong Charlton name that. Clayden is a pacy striker.
French Algerian Wassim Aouachria is on his way back from a long term injury and I think Quitirna is a winger.
Finally the following players have all signed pro contracts:
Amongst this story was that Manchester City loanee Matt Smith has left us. Unfortunately Smith appeared a bit of a booby prize at Matt Southall’s transfer window charade. With Sam Field back Bowyer I am sure felt he had no need for the Welsh international. Smith’s only best moment was being a 2nd half substitute in our win at the City Ground. He played 45 minutes at home to Blackburn as well.