Peterborough United’s chairman Darragh MacAnthony has given his backing for a new non-league signing in the Championship.
Darragh MacAnthony – renowned for picking up non-league players and throwing them into his sides either in the Championship or League One – has said he hopes Macauley Bonne can be a success for Charlton.
Bonne, 23-years-old, was picked up from Leyton Orient – who won the National League last year – on an undisclosed fee.
The Zimbabwe international is Charlton’s first signing since winning promotion back to the Championship.
MacAnthony, who should be a great judge of a young non-league player baring in mind the experience he’s had in buying them, has warned of the ‘massive step up’ in difference between the National League and Championship, but hopes that he can succeed.
In a tweet where he was asked by a fan on his thoughts about the move, MacAnthony said that he “can’t call it”.
Championship massive step up from non league imo so can’t call it if I’m honest but always love to see lads from lower down do well so go get then @MBonne9 and smash it up with goals galore ???????????? https://t.co/ZpXyjqKnzR
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) June 18, 2019
It is interesting to see MacAnthony’s view on this player, as I’m sure that he would have had one eye on the player for a lot of the season, with the view of bringing him to the club.
In his verdict, he sits on the fence slightly, with his response suggesting that he doesn’t think Bonne will tear the league apart, but also that he doesn’t know until he sees.
If Bonne can get off to a good start at Charlton and chip in with a few goals then who knows where that form can take him. He shouldn’t have too much early pressure early doors; it’s a lot about whether he can make that first team.
Time will tell with Bonne, but at least he’s got a few people wishing him well before he’s started.