If our What’s App group chat was as busy on transfer incomings and rumours, as it is on how great the new kits are, then we’d all be a little more upbeat about the start of the new season starting a week tomorrow.
I am a patient soul when it comes to Charlton and I want to be careful not to put myself in the bedwetting department, but my expectation, perhaps aspirational, of a summer rebuild has so far been a long way off the mark.
I don’t think I am alone is having a certain expectation. I am sure much is still to being done to put the club back on an even keel, the recent financial statements reminded us of that, but Adkins’ end of season pledge, and Sandgaard’s continual, if I’d go as far as saying frivolous, bravado have all been misleading thus far.
The large-scale sponsorship deal just another pie in the sky nonsense. I love hearing ambition, but make it believable.
Anyway I am veering on the edge of panic. There are still 32 days left of the summer window remaining and other than Ipswich and Wigan, we are not alone in having a slow and tentative window to date.
Nonetheless by the time the window closes we would’ve played five league games in the month of August.
I still make us net 5 players down on the squad that ended last season, and as a reminder that squad wasn’t good enough.
By my reckoning we are short at left back, a centre-back, an offensive central midfielder, at least one pacy wide-man if Adkins is to play to way he supposedly desires and probably another keeper if Maynard Brewer is sent out on loan.
We have also not replaced last season’s top scorer. Goalscoring forwards don’t often allow themselves to be shopped in the latter stages of the transfer window.
I expect Gallen to be active in the loan market, and we should be able to negotiate from a position of financial strength, and not resort to begging as previously, but to add to the scarcity of players Ben Purrington will miss the start of the season due to a hamstring injury.
Nigel Adkins after re-signing half Lee Bowyer’s players went all proper-Bow on us by announcing that he can play Matthews or Gunter at left back, and I assume one of those will play there against Sheffield Wednesday.
I know we are thankful to have a club worthy of it’s name, and Thomas Sandgaard has made many positive changes to it, as well as take away the never ending financial stability and dodgy dealing concerns, but there has to come a time when we have to look forward, justify ambition and realize potential.