McGrandles, Jaiyesimi, Egbo, Blackett-Taylor, Sessegnon, Aneke. All injured.
You have to feel sorry for Chuks. It wasn’t his fault that Thomas waggled a large contract under his nose in January. I would have grabbed the pen and scribbled my name down very quickly as well.
I pleased that Ben Garner offered the physiological support to Aneke today, showed a bit of class through his obvious chagrin. Garner also expressed today that he would like three additional players – a left back, centre-half and a striker, but simply under the budget given to him Charlton do not have the bandwidth to add anyone already under contract.
Alex Gilbey is talking to Lincoln, and it sounds as if others may have to be moved on to release funds for Garner to add to his squad.
It is not my money, but naive previous recruiting and funds counted towards over items, such as the academy, has appeared to restrict Garner’s ability to build a squad that is able to mount a sustained challenge for promotion. Those six injuries already in the first month rung all the bells fans were worried about.
So square pegs, and young players and overplaying of individuals is what we can expect to see. Despite the promising start and Garner instilling thoughtful and radical changes to the way we play, I expect that there will be at least six sides stronger and better financed than the Addicks.