Juan Castillo completed his loan move from Chelsea to Charlton Athletic for the rest of the season this morning.
The 22-year-old only managed one start in the Championship for Birmingham City in the first half of the campaign and was a more regular fixture in the club’s U23 side.
The Dutchman becomes the Addicks’ second January addition after Chuks Aneke returned to the club on a permanent transfer from Birmingham last week.
Ben Purrington and Pape Souare stand in Castillo’s way for a spot at left back or left wing back.
However, the chances are that the latter will fall below Castillo in the pecking order having struggled to impress Johnnie Jackson in the last few months.
Jay DaSilva and Ian Maatsen both enjoyed successful loan spells in SE7 from Chelsea in the last few years and Castillo will be looking to emulate their impact, with the pair kicking on at Championship clubs following their loan spells in South London.
In the short term the Addicks will be looking to pull away from the relegation zone and back towards the top half in League One, it will be interesting to see to what extent Castillo is involved in Saturday’s hosting of Fleetwood Town.
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Decent can’t remember having a bad loan signing from Chelsea so looking forward to seeing him 🔴⚪️
— Karl Lucas (@Karlo_L3) January 21, 2022
Maybe we are now getting the players to fit a system welcome JC #cafc
— Paul Williams (@cafcwillo) January 21, 2022
Oh yes 😍
— JC (@BigJc022) January 21, 2022
We’ve lacked so much quality in wide areas in recent weeks. One thing Chelsea loanees have had in the past is a solid delivery into the box, but also the ability the get on the overlap, I like purrington, but he’s not dynamic enough for the jacko wants to play #cafc https://t.co/x9F2oom9dB
— CAFCJOS (@CCjakey) January 21, 2022
— Dan Hatton (@DanHatton97) January 21, 2022
We have a good record with Chelsea loanees, so definitely looking forward to seeing what he can do.
— Sam Clarke (@Sam_AEC) January 21, 2022
— Millie Edmundson (@millieedmund17) January 21, 2022