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This season must surely be surpassing the expectations of nearly every Charlton Athletic fan as we approach the halfway marker.
Lee Bowyer’s side were made favourites for relegation before the campaign even got under way, with the future of their manager still in doubt, so to be comfortably tucked in midtable 16 games in will surely please every fan.
In fact they even sit closer to the play-offs than they do to the relegation zone, with six points separating them from sixth-placed Bristol City and nine from third-bottom Middlesbrough.
But the fans will not be naive. They will know just how quickly things can change in this league and their late loss to local rivals Millwall prior to the international break was a sharp reminder of how anyone can beat anyone in the division.
The January transfer window opens in just over a month’s time and will undoubtedly prove to be a crucial time in deciding the final make-up of the division come May.
Everyone will be looking to strengthen in order to give themselves that final edge at the business end of the season and, of course, Charlton will be no different.
However, for the fans, their priorities should perhaps be a little different.
During the summer, the Addicks lost some key operators. Patrick Bauer, Joe Aribo and Krystian Bielik all left The Valley for pastures new and although they did a great job of replacing them in the summer, it is not something that the club could handle again – especially in such a brief window.
Therefore, the top priority for Charlton fans simply must be to retain the brilliant players they have at the club.
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The summer saw Brentford come hunting for Lyle Taylor as a Neal Maupay replacement whilst the likes of Conor Gallagher and Josh Cullen are both susceptible to being recalled early by their respective parent clubs.
Of course they should look to strengthen too. It would be bizarre if they did not look to increase their depth throughout the squad.
But ultimately, if Charlton come to the end of the January window having not lost any first-team stars, it should be counted as a success by the fans.