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Farewell Macauley

Charlton sold Macauley Bonne to QPR this morning in a deal expected to be worth £2m with an added sell-on clause. He scored 11 goals for us after signing from Leyton Orient last summer.

Lee Bowyer called Bonne a project. I never felt quite sure that he was Lee’s pick, but he took the 24-year old on and Bonne was a willing pupil. That project work is still ongoing and it’ll be interesting to see how Mark Warburton further develops him.

Bonne always reminded me of Kevin Lisbie. He will get an unexpected goal, whether a header he should never have won or an excellent finish from inside the box, but he could never be banked on in a one-on-one, and although 11 was a good total for a relegated team last season, there were many gaping open goals that should have added to that total.

Anyway, he seemed a nice fella, he always worked really hard in the shirt and I wish him luck.

Ordinarily if a new owner comes in and a week later sells your striker then we’d be up in arms, but this does all seem part of a master plan, and it was a good financial return. Bowyer and Gallen are now in the market for two strikers that will help propel us out of this league.

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  1. rierti #

    I agree with your comments about Bonne like you I was not convinced that he was the right fit for us. I wish him good luck but we must move on. I would have more faith in Aneke if he could stay fit. I like the look of Ross Stewart at Ross County and I would also consider Michael Smith at Rotherham who left us 6 years or so ago, he reads the game well and brings his fellow strikers into the game as well as scoring a reasonable number of goals.

    October 2, 2020
  2. I too wish him well. I think he had a reasonable season last year and is still improving so I would have expected a good season in league one.

    October 2, 2020
  3. Gary B #

    Wow, considering a purchase price of 200k, Charlton did well in getting two million for him. I was always impressed with his workrate given that sometimes he had a thankless task being stuck up front alone. Nevertheless, he always gave it his all, – unlike another stiker who cried off the last few games in the championship so as to go to pastures new. Good luck and best wishes at QPR Macauley, l, hope it all goes well for you.

    October 2, 2020
  4. David Thomson #

    Spot on CA. Two million is a fair price and good business. Disappointed he seemed so keen to leave but it makes the departure much easier.

    October 2, 2020
  5. Sysphus #

    Macauley Gone Gone Gone

    October 2, 2020
  6. Christopher #

    Great bit of business, I know we are now looking for two strikers but, was Bonn the player to take us out of this league? I think not and we will be in a better position, if the right replacements can be brought in.

    October 2, 2020
  7. Shadow Play #

    Well Bonne voyage Macca.

    Definitely a work-in-progress, what I liked about him was his ability to read the game and he had the instinct to be in the right place at the right time, but he will need to be more clinical/determined/deadlier in front of goal. A confidence issue there – he blew several one-on-ones in the post-lockdown matches and that cost us points.I couldn’t see him being the striker we need in L1 who will score around 20 goals and add a few assists, so I’m relaxed about his moving on.

    An excellent bit of business to buy him and sell him for 10X the cost a season later. He frees up a space and some room in the salary cap too, I doubt Bow would have let him leave if he didn’t have a replacement lined up. One rumour is the Danish striker Ronnie Schwartz.

    October 2, 2020

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