Charlton Athletic and Swansea City look like going head to head in the race to sign Plymouth Argyle midfielder Ruben Lameiras, who looks to be heading for a Home Park exit following the Pilgrims’ relegation to League Two last season, as reported in the Guardian.
Despite both clubs having off the field issues, a move to the Championship could prove too tempting for the 24-year-old Portuguese player, who made 43 appearances for the Pilgrims last season.
So with Charlton and Swansea interested, which one would be the better option for Lameiras?
“I would opt for Charlton.
“Neither club are in a particularly good place off the pitch but working with Lee Bowyer would edge it for me.
“We saw after the League One play-off final how much the players respect him and how good his relationship with them is.
“Despite their ensuing off-field issues, that is an environment that any footballer would want to work in.”
“This is a difficult one for the player, both teams have their positives.
“At Swansea he would be part of a team that would play free flowing football, and that would suit him massively. He would be surrounded by other young players all motivated to reach their potential and that would help him grow.
“However there is a lot of uncertainty around Swansea. Their managers never seem to last more than a year and there have been significant budget cuts in the last year.
“At Charlton there is momentum, and if the takeover happens something very special could be about to get underway, and any player would love to be a part of that. Lee Bowyer also seems like a great manager to work with, so there is that perk too.”
“Much depends on the next few days. If Bowyer stays at the Valley, it’s Charlton all day long.
“There is uncertainty at Swansea right now and I don’t think they’re moving in the right direction.
“Charlton are. A takeover in the offing, a great young manager and a real impetus to push forward.
“They’re a club on the up.”