Macauley Bonne arrived at Charlton Athletic yesterday on a busy day for the club.
He made the switch from Leyton Orient, but the news was overshadowed by the Lee Bowyer managerial saga. He looked likely to leave, only for a deal to be struck at the eleventh hour.
Now the manager’s role is secured, focus can switch back to Bonne.
We put FLW writer Gary Hutchinson in the hot seat for our latest Six Point Opinion piece.
Who is Macauley Bonne?
“Bonne is a striker who has most recently been with Leyton Orient.
“He’s 23-years-old and a full Zimbabwe international. He was recently scheduled to appear at the African Cup of Nations, but couldn’t sort a passport in time.”
What’s his background?
“For such a young player, he is very experienced. He came through the youth ranks at Colchester, having also been with Ipswich and Norwich.
“He got lots of early exposure to League One football, making 57 third-tier appearances for the U’s. He later went on loan to Lincoln and Woking in the National League, before joining Orient permanently.”
Who else was interested?
“Who wasn’t interested? Bonne has been incredibly impressive over the last two seasons and certainly caught the eye of a number of clubs, if reports are to be believed.
“Huddersfield, Leeds and Middlesbrough are all thought to have been interested, but like Lyle Taylor last season he’s chosen to remain in the south of the country.”
What in particular has impressed Charlton?
“Goals, the currency of football. Bonne is an accomplished finisher and that’s been the main aspect of his game he’s improved upon at Orient.
“He scored 16 goals in 98 outings for Colchester, Woking and Lincoln. He failed to score at all for Woking at the end of 2017, but his move to Brisbane Road changed all that.
“He scored 49 in 103 outings and helped them back to the Football League.”
Can he make the jump to the Championship?
“It is a big ask. He didn’t stand out in League One, but that was before his successful Orient spell.
“He’s good on the ball, he’s quick and finds space but he might be classed as a little lightweight. It’s perhaps best he has jumped two divisions, League two, in particular, is a division where the defenders are a little less complicated with their challenges.”
How will he fit in to the Charlton first team?
“We know they like a pair of strikers up top and with Igor Vetokele leaving it seems natural he’ll partner Lyle Taylor up front.
“He’s not unlike Karlan Grant, a little shorter perhaps, but that partnership worked wonders for the Addicks and Lee Bowyer will hope this capture has the same effect.”