Charlton are preparing a bid to take Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Browne on loan for the remainder of the season, according to Football Insider.
Lee Bowyer is looking to bolster his Addicks squad ahead of their survival bid in the second half of the Championship season, and it now appears as though Browne has been pinpointed as a potential target on a temporary basis.
Browne arrived on Teesside over the summer after completing a move from West Ham, but he has struggled to establish himself in Jonathan Woodgate’s plans which has led to Charlton, Doncaster and Coventry all reportedly showing an interest.
Charlton have needed to contend with a large number of injury problems so far this campaign, so Bowyer will be looking to recruit a host of players this month to ensure his squad is equipped for the difficult challenges ahead.
Here, we take a closer look at Browne’s numbers so far this season to assess whether he would be a good addition for the Addicks…
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Browne featured in 10 of Boro’s opening 12 matches at the start of the Championship season, but he has struggled for playing time more recently and has missed the last four matches with suspension following his red card against Swansea.
This means the 22-year-old has only managed to play a total of 562 minutes under Woodgate this term, with this suggesting Browne may be surplus to requirements throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Furthermore, the midfielder has struggled to make an impact for the Teesside outfit when he has been called upon, as he has not registered any goals or assists during his time at the club so far, while he has only managed three shots on goal.
Browne has been deployed in a wide range of positions by Woodgate, with this seeing him utilised in both central and wide roles, but the midfielder would have been expected to have made more of an impact than he has.
The former Hammer has recorded 71% passing accuracy in his outings to date, with this statistic suggesting he has not always been able to link up with his teammates effectively when utilised by Woodgate so far this term.
The attacker has shown glimpses of his desire to get the ball forward for his side – he has averaged 1.44 progressive runs per game – but the fact only 35.1% of his dribbles have been successful suggests he has plenty of room for improvement.
Overall, Browne’s Boro statistics suggests Charlton would be taking something of a risk by taking him on loan, but it should also be noted that Browne has not been afforded a wealth of opportunities by Woodgate, while he has also been unable to settle in a fixed position for his new side.