With less than three weeks to go until the start of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, Charlton Athletic are believed to be running the rule over winger Callum Harriott.
The 25-year-old departed Reading at the end of last season following the expiry of his contract at the Madejski Stadium, and will now look to try and impress Lee Bowyer as he searches for another club.
The attacker is no stranger to the Charlton Athletic faithful, having emerged through the youth ranks at the Valley and making over 90 appearances for the Addicks before his move to the Royals in 2016.
London News Online, however, claim that Harriott is set to train with Lee Bowyer’s side over the next couple of weeks, after making a surprise against Ebbsfleet United in midweek.
Bowyer has wasted no time in adding plenty of attacking quality to his squad this summer, with the likes of Chuks Aneke and Macauley Bonne coming in to fill the void left by Karlan Grant and Joe Aribo.
What would Harriott bring to the Valley in what would be his second spell with the club if he signed? Here, we take a look at his statistics from last season to give us a brief idea…
Harriott was a bit-part player for Reading under both Paul Clement and Jose Gomes last season, making just 13 appearances in all competitions, 12 of those coming in the Championship, and playing just 407 minutes of football.
Gomes tended to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation last season, but sometimes changed to a 4-3-3. Harriott’s position never changed though – he always played on either the right wing or on the left wing, as he’s comfortable at playing on either flank.
It would be interesting to see how Bowyer fits him into the team if he signs for Charlton. They played a 4-3-3 for most of the season, but their best results came when playing a 3-5-2 system with wing-backs.
Harriott scored one goal and one assist, and 10 of his 12 league appearances came from off the bench, where he was brought on to inject pace into the Royals attack.
The winger’s link-up play was impressive, accruing a pass success rate of 73.5%, and he also amassed a dribble success rate of 50%. This could be due to the weariness of defenders, though, given how late he often came on in games, so whether that decrease if he started games week in, week out for Charlton remains to be seen.
Able to get in behind or come short to collect the ball, Harriott also accrued an accurate cross success rate of 50%, which would be a delight for the likes of Chuks Aneke and Lyle Taylor up top, who thrive on latching onto balls into the box.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!