Having secured promotion to the Championship in dramatic fashion last month, preparations for the upcoming campaign are now well underway at Charlton Athletic.
Although the Addicks already have an abundance of talent at their disposal, it is not at all surprising that they have been linked with a move for one of the most exciting players in lower league football in recent days.
According to The Guardian, Charlton are reportedly in talks with Ruben Lameiras who is available as a free transfer this summer having failed to agree a new deal with Plymouth Argyle.
If this is indeed true, manager Lee Bowyer must look at both the positives and the negatives that the midfielder could have on his side’s fortunes next season before committing to a deal.
Keeping this in mind, we have set out two pros as well as two cons based on Lameras’ career to date.
Check them out below…
He was fantastic in League One last season
Although he was powerless to prevent Plymouth from being relegated in May, Lameiras’ individual performances during the 2018/19 campaign were very good.
Featuring in all but five of the Pilgrims’ league fixtures, the Portuguese star fired in 11 goals whilst also providing nine assists for his team-mates.
Currently playing the best football of his career, Lameiras could prove to be a superb addition for Charlton if he can replicate this kind of form in the Championship next season.
He could realise his potential under Bowyer
Having helped the likes of Lyle Taylor and Joe Aribo make marked improvements to their game last season, Lee Bowyer will be confident that he can do the same with Lameiras over the coming years if he can convince him to join Charlton.
An extremely gifted player, the former Coventry City star could develop into a quality operator if given the right guidance as he clearly has all the ingredients needed to thrive in the Championship.
He has never played at Championship level before
Despite having over 120 League One appearances to his name, the fact that Lameiras has never played in the second tier should act as a warning to Charlton.
One of the most competitive leagues in world football, the Championship can be a very daunting place for those who have not experienced it before and so if the midfielder does join, he will have to adjust quickly or risk being cut adrift which is the last thing that the Addicks will want to happen.
He may struggle for game-time during the upcoming campaign
Following on from that, the player may not have guarantees of first-team football with Charlton because he is unproven. There’s already a lot of quality at The Valley, so competition for places will be fierce.
Therefore, it may be wise decision if Bowyer switches his attention to bringing in a player who is almost certain to make a telling impact for the Addicks having proven themselves at Championship level before.