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Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer is still looking to strengthen his squad despite a winning start to life back in the Championship, with free-agent full-back Tyrone Mears currently training with the club, according to a report in the South London Press.
Much traveled Mears has 11 clubs on his CV, in an 18 year career, that has seen him play in the English first and second tier, MLS, and most recently at West Brom in the Championship for the second half of last season.
So would Mears be a good addition at the Valley?
“This looks a handy option.
“Dijksteel departed the club to join Middlesbrough in the window so there is a need to bring in a right-back who can supplement Chris Solly in that role.
“Though Mears is way below his best, he showcased he was still able to deal with the demands of Championship football last season at West Brom, albeit not to an outstanding standard.
“Mears would only be a squad player and I couldn’t envisage him getting much game-time at The Valley if Solly stays fit, but if called upon he’s a sturdy under-study.”
“This could be a shrewd bit of business.
“The exit of Dijksteel has left Bowyer short of options at right-back and Mears could come in and provide some squad depth.
“At 36, I’m not sure you’re getting 90 minutes out of him week in week out but if can do a job then he could be a smart addition.
“With 132 Championship appearances to his name, Mears would add a well-needed bit of experience to Bowyer’s squad.
“The fact that this should be a relatively cheap deal is an added bonus for Charlton, who are not blessed with the biggest budget.
“This could turn out to be a superb bit of business by Lee Bowyer providing that Mears can prove his fitness during his trial at The Valley.
“Having seen Anfernee Dijksteel leave the club last week to join Middlesbrough, Charlton need to strengthen in his position as they currently only have one out-and-out right back at their disposal in the form of Chris Solly.
“Given that Mears is now 36-years-old, it would be naïve to suggest that he will be in line to play week-in, week-out for the Addicks yet he may be worth taking a risk on considering his wealth of experience at Championship level.
“After making a bright start to the 2019/20 campaign, Charlton could very well find the missing piece to their jigsaw puzzle by signing Mears to a short-term contract.”