Lee Bowyer will surely be keen to strengthen his depleted squad come the January transfer window, with the Addicks having been left short staffed by various injuries to their key players, including the likes of Jonny Williams and Lyle Taylor.
As reported by London News Online, the Addicks saw a deal for Blackpool striker Armand Gnanduillet fall through this summer, with the 27-year-old Ivorian eventually remaining at Bloomfield Road, in which he has gone on to thrive this term.
The experienced front man has of course gone on to find the back of the net on 12 occasions in 20 appearances spread across all competitions, underlining his status as one of the best strikers in the bottom two divisions of the English Football League.
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The former Chesterfield striker would be appealing option for Bowyer if he were to choose to move for the striker once again this January.
Here, we assess TWO pros and TWO cons of Charlton resurrecting a deal for Gnanduillet in January….
Much needed target man
The Blackpool forward would provide Bowyer with a more physical presence up front, with the towering striker capable of holding the ball up and bringing others into play, whilst also being adept at winning flick on’s in the air for others to run on too.
He would add something different to what Charlton already possess and would in turn create more space for his fellow forwards to thrive in, with the likes of Lyle Taylor liking to make runs in behind the defence.
Prolific goal scorer
Given the goal scoring prowess that Gnanduillet has displayed so far this campaign, it would make sense for Bowyer to resurrect a move for the experienced for forward in January as he seeks to secure Charlton’s Championship status for another season.
It would almost certainly be Gnanduillet’s best chance of proving himself at a higher level, with the Seasiders striker having only plied his trade in leagues one and two so far.
Likely to command a substantial fee
The 27-year-old would likely cost Charlton a substantial amount of money, with Blackpool clearly being keen to hold onto their star man as they seek to gain promotion back to the Championship this term.
Bowyer is well known for operating in a shrewd manner when it comes to the transfer market, meaning that the former Leeds United midfielder may be keen to pursue other options rather than going in for the Ivorian once again after the previous deal fell through this summer.
Well stocked front line
The Charlton front line is well populated by the likes of Macauley Bonne and Lyle Taylor, who of course have both displayed their goal scoring touch to great effect so far this term, which could potentially convince Bowyer to refrain from moving for Gnanduillet.
Given the amount of firepower that his current squad possesses, the young manager may be keen to put faith in what he already has, with the likes of Tomer Hemed and Chuks Aneke still having a point to prove at the Valley.