This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Charlton Athletic have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Middlesbrough striker Chuba Akpom.
According to TEAMtalk, the 25-year-old has been told that he has no future at Boro and has been offered to the Addicks among other clubs.
So, would he be a good signing for Charlton? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
I’m not massively convinced he’ll do well in the Championship if he stays there next season so perhaps a drop down will help him out?
Charlton obviously want to sign players that are going to perform quickly and help them challenge for promotion and they do need attacking options so Nigel Adkins needs to assess whether Akpom is a player he feels will be a hit next year.
Personally, I’d be surprised if Akpom did end up at Charlton as I feel they can go for other options that are more likely to be a success at The Valley but, ultimately, time will tell.
This could turn out to be a great signing.
I don’t think Akpom has really been prolific in his career which is a concern, and he’s struggled to impress in the Championship this season.
But Charlton are obviously playing in League One, and he could take one step back to go two steps forward if he made the move to the Valley.
It’s still a really competitive standard of football, but I think Akpom would benefit from being back in London and playing regularly under Nigel Adkins.
It would be a bit of a coup given that Championship sides are interested.
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I can’t see Charlton moving for Akpom if truth be told, as I think they will go all out to try and sign Jayden Stockley from Preston North End.
The Addicks will want forward players who can run the channels and create space for others and I just don’t think Akpom ticks the boxes for what Adkins looks for in a striker.
His goals to games record at Boro isn’t too bad but clearly he hasn’t done enough to convince Warnock that he is the man to take them forwards.
And further to that point, if he’s not good enough for Boro, is he really going to be good enough for a Charlton side that will want to push for promotion? I have my doubts!