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20% cross accuracy: Charlton casting eyes over free-agent – Is he worth signing?

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It has recently been revealed by London News Online that Tyrone Mears is training with Charlton ahead of a potential move to The Valley. 

Addicks boss, Lee Bowyer has stated that the club are interested in landing his signature, with the full-back set for a trial in the next week.

“I played with Tyrone at West Ham and he will train with us for a week. We will just look at him fitness-wise. He is a fit lad anyway and still quick – he was rapid when I played with him.

“He can’t be far off it.”

In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Mears’ statistics from last year’s campaign with West Brom in more detail, to see whether he would be a good enough signing for Charlton this term.

Mears struggled for regular game time with West Brom, so it certainly didn’t come as a surprise to supporters when the club decided not to offer him a new deal at the end of last season.

He was often kept out of the team by the likes of Mason Holgate and Tosin Adarabioyo who established themselves as regular members of the baggies squad in last year’s league campaign.

Mears made two assists in his time with the Baggies, and will surely be disappointed not to have made more of an impact going forward, as West Brom narrowly missed out on a chance to win promotion after they were beaten by Aston Villa in their play-off semi-final.

Charlton will be getting a player that is comfortable with the ball at his feet in possession though, and Mears will be keen to build on some impressive statistics.

He attempted 170 passes in total for West Brom last term, and with a pass success rate of 74.1%, it’s clear to see that it’s a strength of his heading into the 2019/20 league campaign.

Mears is an experienced defender who has played at a high level in the past, and he’ll be hoping to have an influence both on and off the pitch for Lee Bowyer’s side in the near future.

But one statistic that he’ll be keen to improve on is the threat that he carries going forward, or lack of should we say.

With a cross accuracy of just 20%, it’s certainly something that needs to be improved on at the earliest of opportunities, otherwise it’s likely he’ll struggle for regular minutes with Charlton this season.

It seems as though he’s already made a good impression on former team-mate, Lee Bowyer so it could prove to be a shrewd signing by the Addicks boss, who will be keen to add some much-needed depth to his defence at the earliest of opportunities.

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