Charlton Athletic are poised to complete a deal to sign Jayden Stockley for the rest of the season from Preston North End, as first reported by Bristol Live.
The target man joined North End from Exeter City in January 2019 following a prolific half-season in League Two for the Grecians, but he’s never managed to find a consistent footing in the Championship.
Stockley’s league record for PNE stands at nine goals in 65 appearances (Soccerbase), although it can be argued that he brings more to a team than just scoring goals – which is why Lee Bowyer looks set to bring him in, especially after he starred in a 1-0 victory at The Valley last season against the Addicks.
With a move to London looking imminent, let’s take a look at two potential knock-on effects that could occur at Charlton with Stockley in the squad.
The return of 4-4-2?
Bowyer has been very experimental with his systems this season, playing a 4-4-2, a 4-2-3-1 a diamond midfield with two up-front and even a three-back occasionally.
But the arrival of Stockley can only really mean one thing with the other options Bowyer has – 4-4-2 will likely be the choice of system.
Charlton have lined-up in an attacking-looking 4-4-3 in three of the last four league games (transfermarkt), but with the sheer amount of options Bowyer now has in the striking department, an old-fashioned 4-4-2 just seems logical, especially with Stockley’s capabilities.
He could play along-side Chuks Aneke, Conor Washington or fellow new recruit Ronnie Schwartz, and if the Addicks are struggling for a goal late on in a game Bowyer could just go gung-ho and have all four on the pitch!
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Omar Bogle’s demotion?
With Stockley arriving as the big target man, Omar Bogle’s future must come into question after a less-than impressive stint so far at the club.
The 28-year-old has netted just twice since arriving in October and it does look as though Stockley may immediately jump ahead of him in the pecking order due to the similar styles of play they possess.
Realistically you can’t see there being any other casualty in this arrival, unless Bowyer is planning to start with three centre-forwards every match which would be completely unorthodox in this day and age.
We’ll have to wait and see what Bowyer’s actual line-up plans are, but you have to fear for Bogle’s future.