Charlton Athletic’s Macauley Bonne has been subject to interest from two Premier League clubs, notably Leicester and Newcastle United. However, would it be for the best if he remained at The Valley?
Bonne signed for the Addicks in the summer from Leyton Orient for a fee of £203,000, after scoring an impressive 45 goals in two seasons with the O’s in the National League.
This season has been the striker’s first taste of Championship football, with the 24-year-old getting his chance in the first team due to the absence of Lyle Taylor.
He has since scored six league goals for the SE7 side so far, showing his excellent ability in the air, and also alerting teams to just how much of a poacher he is in the penalty area.
Now having been linked with a move away from The Valley so soon after joining the South London club, we take a look at three reasons why the Zimbabwe international should stay put at Charlton beyond the January transfer window:
It is his first experience of Championship football
Prior to joining Charlton, Macauley Bonne had not played in the second tier, having previous spells at Leyton Orient, Colchester United and Lincoln City among others.
At the beginning of the season, it took the 24-year-old time to adjust to the rigours of the league, with the level of quality from the National League being a huge step up.
He has now found his feet in a tough division, and should take in as much as he can. A move to the Premier League will require further adjustments to his game, and he may not be able to adapt quickly.
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He may not get a starting place at either club
Another reason staying at Charlton would best serve Bonne’s interests is because there is a strong possibility that the 24-year-old may not be able to force his way into either Newcastle or Leicester’s starting XI.
An example that Bonne can use is the case of James Justin, who the Foxes signed from Luton Town this summer. The 21-year-old right-back has made just two league appearances for the East Midlands club since joining,
Although just one example, Justin’s case makes it likely that a move to either club would limit his game time, especially as a player coming up from the Championship.
It’s an exciting time to be at Charlton right now
With the new takeover by East Street Investments on the verge of being ratified by the EFL, the new era in the club’s history could propel the Addicks to further success, and surely for Bonne it is a positive time to be a Charlton player at present.
Under the guidance of Lee Bowyer, Bonne should also develop into an excellent striker at The Valley. He should use Lyle Taylor’s impact since signing for the club as a recent example.