With his own future now secured, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has made his first summer signing, with striker Macauley Bonne joining the Addicks from Leyton Orient for an undisclosed fee on a three year deal, as confirmed on the club website.
The 23-year-old Zimbabwe international has left last season’s National League champions to move up the English football pyramid.
Bonne has scored 45 goals over the last two years, having previously spent spells at Colchester United, Lincoln City and Woking.
But will Bonne start for Charlton Athletic next season?
“I’m not too sure he will.
“It will be a big step up from the National League to the Championship, so putting it on Bonne to get the goals to keep them in the division may be a risk for Charlton.
“Having been the man who fired them into the division in the first place, you also feel Lyle Taylor has earned his chance to lead the line for the Addicks in the second tier next season, with the fact he played a lone striker role following the departure of Karlan Grant in January suggesting that could be the approach taken by Charlton again next season, which may affect Bonne’s chances of making the starting line up on the opening day of the season.”
“Bonne is a great all round striker, and when he’s not scoring he makes up for it with the work he does for the team, but he is probably not ready for the step-up to the Championship just yet.
“However if he starts well and scores goals or proves to be great foil for Taylor then he will probably be making the starting line-up before long.
“He has room for improvement and training at a higher standard with better quality players and coaches should do him the world of good, and it would be great to see him start games on a regular basis.”
“I don’t, no.
“Some people see him as a saviour, a player with ‘PL’ stamped on his passport.
“He’ll need to add some bulk and perhaps strengthen a bit to go that far. He’s a good prospect, but for me the jump is too much.
“Few make League Two to the Championship work, he’s not proven at all in the EFL.
“He’s got a lot of work to do to get into that side.”
“Not straight away but I would back him to make it eventually.
“Taylor and Parker formed an effective duo towards the end of last season so I cannot see Bowyer shifting from that immediately.
“But given the latter’s poor goal-scoring record, Bonne would certainly be in with a shot of game time and if he can grasp it then there is no reason he could not be starting alongside Taylor regularly.”