A desperate need for signings this January for Charlton makes the remaining ten days of the month more critical than ever for Lee Bowyer and Steve Gallen as it could have a bearing on the Addicks’ end of season league position.
The immediate excitement after ESI’s takeover of the south London club has gradually died down over the past couple of days, as the lack of activity in the transfer window sets in.
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Coupled with poor results on the pitch and an injury list that is still pretty alarming, there are concerns that a lack of signings could be foolish with the club slipping further into relegation trouble.
Here, we take a look at three potential obstacles the club faces in what could be a critical week and a half at The Valley…
Interest for Lyle Taylor from elsewhere
This situation rumbles on, with Bristol City reportedly showing interest in the 29-year-old forward.
It could be a disastrous situation if Taylor leaves during the window, as there may not be time to find an adequate replacement for the Montserrat international.
Letting Taylor leave this January would be irresponsible from the club, as he is one of the best players in the squad at present.
Lee Bowyer’s ongoing contract situation
Lee Bowyer claimed that terms over his new contract are close to being finalised, yet an official announcement has not been made.
Although Addicks fans want Bowyer’s deal sorted out pronto, the length that it has taken so far for all parties to come to an agreement serves as a distraction, as Matt Southall cannot solely focus on assisting Steve Gallen with the recruitment side of things.
There also will be fans who are questioning the reported five-year contract that has been offered, considering Bowyer has won just once in his last seventeen games in charge of the Addicks in all competitions.
Inflation of wage demands and transfer fees
Addicks Chairman Matt Southall has said previously that one snag that has been a stumbling block for potential deals not getting over the line is the fact that other clubs and agents are now aware of the financial power that Charlton have, and want to take advantage of it by demanding more money for their players.
With risky spending not on ESI’s agenda so soon after acquiring the club, this could prove to be an issue with each player agent the recruitment team are in talks with, hence making deals more difficult to complete.