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New signing alert

And just when you thought that was our lot. Thomas splashes the cash signs an ex-academy player who is a free agent.

Probably very unfair on the 26-year old centre-half, who spent 8-years with our academy but never played a first team game, mostly I suspect due to the revolving door of foreign imports at that time…. I’ll give you Marco Motta.

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Put away the guitar

Over promise and under deliver.

Whatever your feelings on signing Macauley Bonne, the cold facts are the club have waited 3 months after they let Conor Washington go, and 6 weeks since they sold Josh Davison to AFC Wimbledon and waited until the very last seconds of deadline day to try to sign a striker who used to play for us. Martin Sandgaard’s data analytics must be top notch.

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Gilbey moves on loan to Stevenage

Midfielder Alex Gilbey has moved to League 2 side Stevenage managed by the inimitable Steve Evans on a season-long loan. There is a call back option in January.

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Two in, three out?

“Yeah, of course. We’re looking to see if we can stretch the other defence a little more – someone able to run in behind and create that confusion. We’ve seen that already, that it has been a little too easy for opposing defences to cut us off.”

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Big week

We have had some very depressing transfer deadlines with players sold from under our noses. The noises coming from within the club have been pretty honest in that it’s very apparent that we have to sell before we buy, and many players look to be on the block this week.

Charlie Kirk, Jake Forster-Caskey, Alex Gilbey, Craig MacGillivray, Jayden Stockley, Albie Morgan and Sean Clare could all be subject to bids this week. The squad is already paper-thin so making sure we have replacements is the most basic principle.

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Clear out

Are we really going to try to offload DJ, Alex Gilbey, JFC and Craig MacGillivray before the window closes? How light do we need this wage bill to be? And how many do we have to sell to add?

The bench is already packed full of youngsters, and players like Aaron Henry need a loan deal to stop their progress being blunted like Albie Morgan’s was.

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Gilbey to Lincoln?

Alex Gilbey has a few suitors as he decides, or more likely Ben Garner decides if the midfielder’s future is away from The Valley.

I suspect it will be demand of the owner that Garner moves one on from his first team squad to make room for a replacement, likely to be a left-sided centre-half I’m led to believe.

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Jesurun Rak-Sakyi announced

The name of yesterday’s 7th summer signing had been on Addicks’ lips for a while, despite the tongue twister.

19-year old Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has joined from Crystal Palace for a season long loan. The assumption for the delay was that Rak-Sakyi was negotiating a new 5-year contract with our rivals plus the emergence of plenty of competition for the winger’s signature including Cardiff and Birmingham offering Championship football.

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Wouldn’t we just love to have that echoing around The Valley. We’d all like nothing more than seeing Miles Leaburn make it big (no pun intended), but although physically he is strong, there have been too many examples over the years of young players being thrown in too early, despite what both Thomas Sandgaard and Ben Garner says.

Ben Garner will know what is needed and has inherited a physical aerial striker in Jayden Stockley, who does not suit Garner’s system, and in Garner’s words “a deconditioned” striker in Chuks Aneke, who already has injury concerns a week before the real business starts.

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Davison joins AFC Wimbledon

Josh Davison has joined Johnnie Jackson’s AFC Wimbledon on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

22-year old Davison joined in October 2019 and played 35 times, scoring 6 goals.

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Garner goes back to Swindon for Jack Payne

Looks as if Jack Payne will be the next Ben Garner acquisition as the new Addicks’ boss raids his old club once more.

27-year old Payne can play as an 8 or a 10, and turned down a very good offer to apparently take lower wages at Charlton. Payne will have a medical today before being announced tomorrow.

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Open to offers for Davison and JFC

Hot on the news of the club open to selling Jake Forster Caskey, it is also appears that Josh Davison could also be gone by the time the transfer window is closed.

JFC was only offered a new contract a few months back after fighting back from another long-term injury. None of us really know if the 2020/21 POTY can rediscover that form, but central midfield is an area where the squad is more than adequate and it looks as if Ben Garner would rather move JFC on over Albie Morgan and Alex Gilbey.

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A loan deal for Steven Sessegnon on the cards

It sounds as if the first loan slot will be taken by Fulham’s versatile 22-year old Steven Sessegnon. His twin brother is at Tottenham.

Steven is comfortably two-footed and can play either at left or right back, and I presume with the squad number limit an issue, his adaptability will be important.

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Welcome Conor McGrandles

A surprise late signing tonight when not long after the club unveiled it’s new website, the first news article which looked like a test page, announced a new signing.

That is 26-year old midfield playmaker Conor McGrandles. Falkirk born McGrandles turned down a new contract with Lincoln City and in a ‘Dale Stephens move’ signed a three-year contract with Charlton after declaring he was homesick.

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Maynard-Brewer loaned to Gillingham

That might explain why Ashley Maynard-Brewer wasn’t in Spain, although I think he was spotted in Australia, The Highlands and Tesco in Dartford.

Another transfer move that swung under the radar today with AMB moving to Gillingham for the season, although the Addicks do have a recall option.

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