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Charlton Athletic’s mixed season continues with their latest defeat leaving them poised perilously above the Championship relegation zone in 19th spot, just five points adrift of the drop zone.
Despite having a real relegation battle on his hands, Addicks manager Lee Bowyer is already looking forward to his summer recruitment with a move for Crewe right-back Perry Ng being considered, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
So would Ng prove a good addition at the Valley and is he good enough for the Championship?
“If Charlton can get a deal over the line for Ng in the summer transfer window, it could turn out to be somewhat of a coup.
“A key reason for why Crewe are challenging for promotion this season in League Two, the defender has been able to deliver the goods on a consistent basis for his side over the past few months.
“Whilst it may take Ng some time to settle in at Charlton, there is no reason why he cannot go on to achieve a relative amount of success at Championship level under the guidance of Lee Bowyer.
“Providing that he is able to replicate the performances which have attracted the interest of a host of second-tier sides for the Addicks next season, he could potentially become a key player for the club.”
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“Ng is a solid defender who has performed at a consistent level for Crewe in League Two over the past few years, often helping them fight towards the bottom-half of the table rather than for promotion.
“He’s at a good age and he can play in a number of positions in defence, but is starting to turn into a really talented right-back after operating as a centre-half for a number of seasons.
“He could play on the right-hand side of a back-three if Charlton look to play that system next term, or he could provide really solid cover for Adam Matthews at right-back as the latter is somewhat getting on a bit now.
“Signing talent from lower leagues has worked for Charlton of late – just look at the signing of Tom Lockyer.”
“This would certainly be a positive signing for the Addicks as Lee Bowyer continues to restructure his squad after the club’s takeover by East Street Investments.
“Ng is capable of fitting into Charlton’s style of play, with the right back having shown his workrate and desire this term to great effect.
“More and more clubs are showing a willingness to put trust in talented young players from further down the EFL pyramid, so as a result Ng could well establish himself as a key player for the South London club as they look to fill a position which has been something of a problem position for Bowyer in recent years.
“Crewe are bound to be open to selling their prized asset if Charlton’s financial package meets their expectations and it would certainly be fascinating to see how the 23-year-old adapts to playing at a higher and more testing level.”