This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more
Harry Arter sealed a move away from Nottingham Forest on Deadline Day, joining Charlton Athletic on loan for the season.
Arter has struggled to impress since joining Forest on a permanent deal from AFC Bournemouth last summer, making only 14 appearances for the Reds.
The Republic of Ireland international hasn’t featured for Forest since February, and has been told to find a new club in the meantime, as well as turning out for the Under-23s’.
But on the final day of the window, Arter sealed a late loan move to former club Charlton Athletic, adding to Nigel Adkins’ squad.
Will he be a regular for Charlton amid plenty of competition in midfield? Here, we discuss…
He should be.
Nigel Adkins midfield has lacked a little bit of oomph this season and I think adding Arter to it could be a fantastic way to solve that issue.
He’s an improvement on the likes of Ben Watson, Sean Clare, George Dobson, and Alfie Morgan in my eyes.
Not only that, you feel he can add some real leadership and that’s just what the Addicks could use at the moment.
Their win over Crewe was a step in the right direction, Arter’s presence could help them continue that momentum.
Harry Arter has not had the best of times over the last 12 months or so with his move to Nottingham Forest having not worked out at all as well as he would have hoped for.
However, the midfielder has not become a bad player during that time and he is someone that has a lot of experience and proven pedigree at Championship level. Arter was an important player for Bournemouth and Fulham in seasons when both clubs were promoted to the Premier League and that does not happen by accident.
The 31-year-old is still more than good enough to be making regular starts at League One level and you can see him coming into Charlton Athletic’s midfield and making a difference for them in terms of his quality on the ball.
The Addicks have not been afraid to hand a lot of minutes to experienced midfielders in recent times with Ben Watson being a key player for them since his move to the Valley. Therefore, there is no reason to think that the 31-year-old can not emulate that.
Having said that, Charlton will have to think about whether it is possible to have enough legs in the middle of the park with both Arter and Watson starting on a regular basis.
It might mean that they need to get more legs into the middle of the park so that they can allow both Arter and Watson to stamp their authority on games.
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If he can stay fit, it would be hard to drop him with the experience in the Championship and Premier League he has.
The likes of Portsmouth and Ipswich Town may have made some eye-catching signings, but this signing is the Addicks’ very own coup and will be an excellent addition if he can replicate the form he showed in his earlier playing days.
Arter is only 31 too, so there’s still at least a couple more years where he could be a regular starter in the Championship or League One, so they wouldn’t need to include him just as a bit-part player or a semi-regular starter.
In fairness, being a semi-regular player has been his role over the past few years but League One is a different ball game and he’s likely to be appreciated more in the third tier – and perhaps seen as a more youthful option to Ben Watson – who is also vastly experienced.
He would also need to get past the likes of George Dobson and Sean Clare, so it’s not certain he would be a ‘guaranteed starter’.
But Nigel Adkins’ side’s poor start to the campaign may just have provided Arter with a clearer pathway to the starting lineup.