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.