Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne is a reported target for Charlton Athletic, as well as a host of other clubs after a terrific season with the National League champions, as reported by Talksport.
The striker bagged 23 goals this season as his side secured the title in the fifth-tier, adding to his reputation as one of the most feared hitmen outside of the EFL.
He’s on African Cup of Nations duty this summer, where he’ll line up against Mo Salah as his Zimbabwe side face Egypt in mid-June. A good outing in a big international tournament will only serve to underline his potential in the EFL.
Charlton have earned the right to face Sunderland in the League One play-off final this weekend, hoping to emerge victorious and earn a spot in the Championship.
They’ve done so without the service of Karlan Grant who left in January, but Lyle Taylor picked up the mantle for scoring for the Addicks. Lee Bowyer likes a 4-4-2 formation and it seems he sees Bonne as the perfect partner for Taylor, who fired his side to third in the table.
Would he be the right man to bring in at the Valley? Our Football League experts discuss.
“This’d be the perfect move for him.
“He’s always been based in the south, even as a youth he went to Norwich and Ipswich before Colchester.
“A move up north would be a big upheaval, but switching from Orient to Charlton would mean he wouldn’t even have to move house.
“Plus, he’s got League One experience and has a proven track record of scoring goals. This is the move he needs to make the next step.”
“Bonne has shown plenty of talent in the National League this season, and it may be time for him to step up the divisions.
“If he is able to bring his goalscoring record with him, it would be a big boost for Charlton, but the fact that they already have a proven goalscorer in Lyle Taylor means they are less likely to find themselves struggling if Bonne fails to adapt.”
“This is worth a go I think.
“The Addicks have Lyle Taylor leading the line who has been excellent this season but with Karlan Grant leaving he now has no real help in the goalscoring department.
“Bonne has shown he knows where the net is and it is the sort of value deal even the Charlton board could go for.”