The future of Charlton’s ownership may be under a cloud of doubt, but that hasn’t stopped preparations ahead of their first season back in the Championship after a three year spell out.
Head of recruitment Steve Gallen and Lee Bowyer have wasted no time in organising their transfer strategy, and Gallen has spoken to the fans of his intentions this summer.
The priority, he states, is to bring in forwards. Last year Lyle Taylor was one of the first players to join and he hit the ground running. Charlton will need him to be at his best next season but they will also need to bring someone in who can bring a similar boost to the squad that Taylor did.
Gallen has stressed the importance of strengthening the attack due to the loss of players like Josh Parker, Igor Vetekele, Nicky Ajose and Billy Clarke.
As of yet no targets have been mentioned specifically, but Charlton fans can begin to get excited by the prospect of at least three additional forwards arriving – due to Lee Bowyer’s desire to have two players for each position in his squad.
It won’t be the only area of the squad where more numbers will be brought in. The Addicks currently have just 14 players contracted to the club, and that number could fall to 10 with Patrick Bauer, Joe Aribo, Tarique Fosu and Jake Forster-Caskey yet to sign the deals they’ve been offered.
Charlton fans therefore have a right to feel a little anxious ahead of the new season. The club has a big rebuilding job on its hands which is far from ideal for a club making a step up in division.
A number of the players Charlton have lost were loan signings who helped them across the line last season. Now in the Championship, Gallen and Bowyer have identified this avenue as another method of bringing in Championship quality – but they may not be available this early in the window.
One thing Charlton fans should be boosted by is the wage bill has been freed up by all the departures, allowing the club to bring in players who Bowyer wants, with the unused players mostly offloaded.
There is room for Charlton to bring in one or two headline signings. A player to get the best out of Taylor and a playmaker is exactly what the fans want, and would be bound to get them excited ahead of the new season.
Whatever happens, it will be a lively summer of movement down at The Valley to intrigue Addicks fans ahead of the new season, and before long they will be desperate for the new season to get under way.