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‘An interesting one’ – Charlton Athletic keen on 25-year-old ahead of Championship return: Opinion

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Charlton Athletic are keen on signing Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Remi Matthews following their promotion to the Championship, according to Press Association journalist Nick Mashiter.

Matthews established himself as first choice between in the sticks in Phil Parkinson’s side last season as the Trotters were relegated from the Championship.

The 25-year-old initially joined the club on loan from Norwich City last summer and he then joined on a permanent deal in January, but Charlton are now keen on luring away from the north west following their play-off success.

Lee Bowyer’s side sealed a last-minute victory over Sunderland in the League One play-off final, and they are now reportedly targeting Matthews who could challenge Dillon Phillips for the number one jersey.

Matthews made a total of 20 appearances and kept two clean sheets for Bolton last season.

So, would he be a good signing for the Addicks?

We discuss…

Toby Wilding

“I think this could be a good signing for Charlton.

“With Dillon Phillips the club’s only senior goalkeeper following the expiration of Chris Maxwell’s loan, they will need to add another option as they prepare for a return to the second tier.

“Matthews does also have some experience in the Championship, unlike Phillips, and having endured a difficult campaign on loan at Bolton last season, he should be ready for whatever the division throws at him.”

Gary Hutchinson

“This is an interesting one.

“I thought Dillon Phillips was excellent last season and it would seem harsh to replace him.

“Would Matthews be coming in as back up? It’s a possibility.

“I guess Bowyer wants competition for places and Matthews would certainly offer that.”

Kealan Hughes

“He would be a good signing. Like Dillon Phillips, he has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Bolton and started playing well once he settled down.

“It is likely he will be a back-up goalkeeper at Charlton and he would be a capable option if Phillips gets injured.

“He has spent a lot of time out on loan at various clubs so Charlton would need to get him settled and Lee Bowyer is the man to do that.”

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