Left back signs
Charlton added a much-needed left back to their squad today, and it was a slightly peculiar pick. Steve Gallen has a good relationship with Dougie Freedman at Palace, and looks another tip-off from our South London rivals.
Pape Souare has hardly played during the past few years last playing in the French 2nd Division during the Covid hit 2019/20 season. Palace had signed him in January 2015, and he played 34 games for them in that first Premier League season.
Then in September 2016 Souare was involved in a road traffic accident on the M4 and sustained terrible injuries that put him out of the game for a year. He was also privately prosecuted after he had to be cut from his Mercedes.
The Senegalese was unable to get back in the Palace team after his recovery and after playing 5 games in three season’s was released.
Meanwhile Souare was back at Palace this summer and had a pre-season with them before coming across to Sparrows Lane for a trial. Despite a lack of game time, he passed a medical and has signed a one-year contract, subject to international clearance.
I have never knowingly seen the 31-year old play, but I read that he has good left foot, and he has played at the highest levels in England, France and internationally collecting 22 Senegal caps. It just appears to be a random choice when I think we were hoping or expecting a quick player more in the wing-back mode.
We will have to see to what extent he plays.