Five gone: Have we signed anyone worthwhile?
Our seasons has long been concluded, yet there seems to be no real signing to bring renewed hope to the team that struggled to play consistent football last term. Every year there is a clear-out of players that the club views as surplus to requirement. I`m not that surprised at whom Charlton off-loaded.
Roger Johnson has not really achieved what he came in to do. His very presence had many in the stands cringe because his nick-name is, relegation Johnson. True to his name, the Addicks with his help were relegated from the championship and spent a miserable season hovering above the trap door of the last tier of football. But no thanks to him, we survived.
One players out of the five that do surprise me in leaving is Adam Chicksen. I thought he played very well, out of his comfort zone at times only because he was playing out of his natural position. He would have benefited from another season with the Addicks to show he has what it takes to compete in the third tier.
The other three, Dimitar Mitov, Terell Thomas and Chris Millar have not featured in Karl Robinson team strategy and we never got to see them play at regular intervals.
On a better note. It is document that Johnnie Jackson and Andrew Crofts both have an extended contract that will keep both players at the club till 2018.
The players that have been contracted for the coming season are a welcomed sight to all who did have the pleasure to see them play last term.
Goalkeeper of last season Rudd has gone back to Norwich City which is a pity for he did a good job for us between the sticks. Replacing him is Dillon Phillips who has featured for the Addicks but Rudd was always first choice keeper. Jordan Beeney has joined us from I believe MKD and could be a good second choice keeper if required between the sticks.
Looking down the list, it is good that we have retained the services of Lewis Page. Also Jason Pearce who was missed while out of action but was influential in the latter stages of the season to bring stability to the team.
Patrick Bauer. The big German is a headache but was needed to bolster up the defence. His problem is, he gets drawn into situations that sees him red-carded or booked because he is in my mind an old fashion player who stands his ground even if it means getting himself penalized.
Naby Sarr and Joe Aribo both have their moments. Not always consistent and have the tendency to be a little too lazy which made them a constant target being replaced with players who do give 100% which is something Robinson looks for each time players are on the pitch.
Chris Solly has lost some of his sparkle. He was not as sharp last season which is something that could have been put down to the injury that side-lined him. Far too many times he was caught on the ball which was something uncharacteristic from the quality and talent he possesses as a player. I`m sure he will recover and play to his potential this season.
Andrew Croft. Not a favourite with the supporters gauging by the comments and slogans aimed at him whenever he on the ball and he gives it away needlessly, but there is room for improvement.
I`m very glad that all the speculations have died down regarding Ricky Holmes. What we do not need is another Kermorgant incident that did not go down too well with the fans. Ricky Holmes was our only player who gave us some substance and belief that we could overcome the inconsistency of a poor season and restore the pride of SE7 to fight another term in division one and to push for the play-offs or automatic promotion. Well we have to belief.
Josh Magennis. I had my doubts whether we would keep Josh next season. Started last term very well getting amongst the scorers. But a lengthy injury reduced his ability as a goal scorer and he struggled. Except for the game against Bristol Rovers where he was on fire. I`m hoping he can regain his form and be a contender again on the goal scoring department.
Last but not least, Igor Vetokele. A promising player when he was signed. But for reasons only known to him, his form dipped and he gradually faded from the first team and was eventually loaned out perhaps to inspire him and rekindle his form and his confidence.
Those players featured above where part of our first team last season. We struggled to take the division by the prediction that had us down to do much better. We have the same players that in many cases did not perform to the standard expected from them. Our list of 29 players has in it many old names that have played some part in last season`s disappointment. I truly hope a lesson has been learned and we will be competitors with the aim to better all that has been letting us down.
We have to be optimistic and allow things to develop. Last season was chaotic to say the least. Much depends on our manager getting the balance right and work with what he has, if there are no new players coming in. I know many of you will blame the system. But what is the point of spending, if what we get is of the same standard that is already wearing the shirt. I want the Addicks to be a force, don`t you?