Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne on a three-year deal.
The Addicks activated Bonne’s release claused, understood to be £200,000, in order to ensure the arrival of their first signing of the summer.
Having spent time in both the Ipswich Town and Norwich City youth setups, the 23-year-old was given his first opportunities in senior football at Colchester United.
He joined the O’s in July 2017 and helped the London side achieve promotion back to League Two last season.
Charlton will be looking to strengthen ahead of their first season back in the Championship after they beat Sunderland in the League One play-off final in May, and the arrival of Bonne is a good start.
With this in mind, we have outlined two pros and cons ahead of the striker’s debut season at the Valley.
He’s been in excellent goalscoring form for the past two seasons
Bonne has been a dominant and dependent goalscorer for Orient over the past two seasons, scoring 49 goals for the club.
If he can carry that form into the Championship next season and regularly find the net for Lee Bowyer’s side, he could play a huge role in ensuring Charlton avoid relegation, and potentially push higher up.
He could realise his potential under Bowyer
At the age of 24 and having spent the majority of his career to date in non-league football, joining a Championship club now could be huge for his development.
Bowyer helped players such as Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo make huge steps forward last season and could have a similar effect on Bonne.
He is making a big step up
There are no two ways about it, the gulf in class between the National League and the Championship is going to be a difficult one to scale for Bonne.
The quality of the defences and goalkeepers he faces is going to be much higher, as is the intensity of each and every game.
How the forward is able to deal with that challenge will likely define whether or not he is a success at Charlton.
He may struggle for game time at the Valley
While a number of Bowyer’s striking options have departed this summer, it is not guaranteed Bonne will see a lot of game time during his first season with the Addicks.
There are a number of talented young players at the Valley and with the majority of the summer transfer window ahead the club will likely bolster the squad ahead of their return to the Championship.
Bonne has been a first choice striker for the past two seasons at Orient but that may not be the case at Charlton.