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Why a move away from Charlton could be key to 20 y/o securing his long-term future at the club

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

January looks as though it may prove to be an important month for Charlton Athletic, who brought in five new players as they look to secure their Championship status.

After a strong start to the season, Lee Bowyer’s men were in freefall between October and December and now find themselves down in 19th, just four points above the drop zone.

The arrivals of five new players–Andre Green, Matt Smith, David Davis, Joe Ledley, and Aiden McGeady–should help improve their chances of extending their stay in the second flight of English football past just one season.

One man who looks as though he may not play much more of a part for the Addicks is Josh Davison as London News Online has reported that the club are considering sending him out on loan.

A move away might seem like a step backward after his involvement with the first-team this season but in many ways, it looks to be just what he needs to ensure his long-term future at the club.

The 20-year-old joined the Addicks in October after an impressive trial period in which he found the net five times for the U23s.

A product of the Peterborough academy, Davison spent last season at Enfield Town but has signed a deal with Charlton until the end of the current campaign.

The teenager may not have been expecting to see much first-team action during his first year at the club but was thrust into the fray due to the injury issues at the club.

Injuries to talismanic forward Lyle Taylor and loanee Jonathan Leko, among others, left Charlton short in the final third and Davison was given a chance to step up.

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The 20-year-old has been included in 14 of Bowyer’s matchday squads, making eight appearances and grabbing his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

However, with the return to fitness of Taylor and the arrival of attacking reinforcements such as Green and McGeady, Davison looks to have slid down the pecking order at the Valley.

Continued senior football will surely be the best thing for the teenager’s development for the moment and a move away from Charlton looks set to be the best way to get that.

Davison signed a deal until the end of the current season when he joined the South London club in October and he may have more of a chance of proving he deserves a new deal by playing, and scoring, regularly on loan than in the fringes of the first-team squad.

Time away from Charlton could be just the thing he needs to show that they should keep him their long-term.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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