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Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer could have a battle on his hands if he wants to hold onto striker Macauley Bonne, with Newcastle United, Leicester City and Fulham all believed to be monitoring the player’s situation, as per Talksport.
The Addicks though have come out strongly against letting the 24-year-old, who only moved to the Valley in the summer, leave in January by claiming they have ‘no intention’ of selling the front-man in the New Year, as reported exclusively by us here at FLW.
So are Charlton right to do everything they can to hold onto their man?
“This is absolutely the right decision for both the player and the club.
“Bonne has made the step up from non-league to the Championship better than anyone I can remember in recent years and his natural striking instincts mean he definitely has the ability to play higher.
“However, a move to the Premier League would be far too soon for him. He still has a lot to learn and Charlton is the perfect place to do that.
“Playing along someone like Lyle Taylor regularly will be doing him a world of good and so will the large amount of playing time he will continue to amass.”
“It is without doubt the right decision.
“Even though they enjoyed an excellent start to the season, the reality is that Charlton are in a relegation battle and that shouldn’t be a big surprise considering the lack of resources Bowyer has.
“So, with the future of Lyle Taylor uncertain, they simply can’t afford to even entertain offers for Bonne. Taylor’s contract situation means they may have to cash in on him in January and Bonne will then become an even more important player.
“The priority needs to be on strengthening the squad because the last few weeks have shown that reinforcements are desperately needed.”
Are Charlton right to do everything they can to hold onto Macauley Bonne?
“I think this is a smart decision for Charlton. Macauley Bonne has been very impressive so far this season. He’s already scored six goals and considering he had no previous experience at this level, he’s really impressed me with how quickly he’s adapted to the Championship.
“Perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising that he’s starting to attract attention from rival clubs, but Charlton cannot afford to lose him in January.
“He only joined the club in the summer and he’s already made a big impact – so it would be a major blow if they were to lose him so quickly. He’s also got over two years left on his contract at The Valley, so Charlton are under no pressure to sell him either.
“They should be looking to strengthen their squad in January, not sell players, so it would definitely be a step in the wrong direction if they were to let him go in my opinion.”