Charlton Athletic have recently confirmed the signing of defender, Deji Oshilaja on a two-year-deal from AFC Wimbledon.
The Addicks are preparing for life in the Championship, after winning promotion from League One via the play-offs in last year’s campaign.
We look into Oshilaja’s statistics from last season in more detail in today’s FLW Spotlight.
Oshilaja was a key player for AFC Wimbledon last season, and certainly played his part in their survival in League One, which looked highly unlikely at one stage.
Charlton will be hoping that the defender can adjust to life in the Championship as quickly as possible, and it’s clear to see why Lee Bowyer was keen to land his signature ahead of the new season.
He wasn’t a regular for AFC Wimbledon, as he made 25 league starts, totalling to 2402 minutes, whilst also finding the back of the net on one occasion.
Oshilaja was a busy man at the back as well, as he made 83 clearances for the Dons as they battled to retain their League One status earlier in last year’s campaign.
The 26-year-old also made 186 interceptions, which is something that he’ll be hoping to take into the new season with Charlton, where he will come up against players with more quality going forward.
He’s a versatile option to have in the Charlton squad as well, which will be a real bonus for Lee Bowyer, who will rely on that versatility for much of next season.
Oshilaja attempted 899 passes in League One last season, and with a pass success rate of 72.1%, it shows that he’s comfortable on the ball, which is good to see for Charlton supporters, who will be keen to see him make an instant impact in their defence.
But the defender has also shown that he’s relatively strong in the air as well, winning 61.2% of his aerial duels during last term, and it’ll be interesting to see where Bowyer chooses to play him when the new season gets underway in August.
The Addicks open their league campaign with a trip to Ewood Park to take on Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers side, in what will be a busy afternoon for Oshilaja and the Charlton defence as they come up against Sam Gallagher and Bradley Dack, who will keep them on their toes throughout the match.
It’s set to be a potentially frantic few weeks in the transfer window, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Lee Bowyer add to his squad before the deadline.