Queens Park Rangers are one of a number of clubs that have been linked with a summer move for Charlton Athletic forward Chuks Aneke, per TEAMtalk.
The 27-year-old bounced back from a disappointing debut campaign at The Valley – where he netted just one Championship goal in 20 outings – to score 15 times in 36 League One games as the Addicks narrowly missed out on a play-off place.
Despite being the club’s top scorer, Aneke started just 11 of the matches he played in, with previous manager Lee Bowyer managing his fitness and past injuries with extreme caution.
Regardless of the minutes he played, Aneke’s goalscoring has captured attention from the league above, including from Charlton’s London neighbours QPR, who will be looking to add more fire-power to their line-up.
Let’s look at two knock-on effects at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium should they secure a deal for the former Arsenal man.
A much stronger bench
In the second half of the 2020/21 campaign, Mark Warburton switched formations to go with two players up-front, with a striker partnership of Lyndon Dykes and Charlie Austin proving very fruitful as the R’s cemented a top half position in the Championship.
Many are expecting Austin to return on a permanent deal this summer so that duo won’t be broken up, but if Warburton is going with a front two then added depth is needed, which is where Aneke comes in.
QPR had wingers Chris Willock and George Thomas on loan last season who could probably do a job up-front but only one other natural senior striker, but Aneke could help fill that void – if he was signed you couldn’t expect him to start due to how well Dykes and Austin complemented each other.
Not only that, but Aneke himself only started 11 times last season and came off the bench in 27 games in League One, so he’s not just going to walk into the starting line-up of a team like QPR.
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Less chance for Macauley Bonne?
It was a big step up for Bonne in 2019/20 when he swapped Leyton Orient for Charlton Athletic, having scored 23 goals in the National League the season prior.
The Zimbabwean passed the test with flying colours, scoring 11 times in his debut Championship season but after failing to help the Addicks remain in the second tier, he made the move to QPR last summer.
The majority of Bonne’s 34 league outings for the R’s came off the bench and if Aneke was to arrive at the club, it would surely push him down the pecking order even further even though they are different kinds of strikers.
It’s clear that the 25-year-old can hit double figures in the second tier but the minutes he will get in 2021/22 will surely be decreasing with the arrival of more competition.