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Deadline day dullness at Charlton is a good thing
4:47pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ was pleased there was no real late transfer deadline day drama at The Valley.
DAVID Moyes and Manchester United were left bitterly disappointed at 11pm on Monday after missing out on Ander Herrera, Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao but there were no such problems in rushing to get paperwork sorted at The Valley.
Having earlier signed Mark Gower, Richard Wood, Simon Church and Marvin Sordell, Chris Powell had already brought in most of the players he wanted and did not leave us despairing and panicking on deadline day that a threadbare squad might not make the cut this year.
As much as Powell still has to learn, he showed an immense amount of knowhow in signing players and signing them when he did, something which can only benefit the club in the long-term.
Any addition to his squad on Jim White’s big day would have been a bonus, so the arrival of Cameron Stewart was a welcome one after the departure of Danny Green to MK Dons.
The 22-year-old right winger has, according to Hull City fans, a lot of potential and boasts plenty of trickery and pace, the former being an attribute which has been missing from our right-hand side for quite some time now.
If one thing has counted against the Manchester United youth product it would be his lack of playing time, having represented Hull just 39 times in almost three years.
However, a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out for nine months played a large part in this.
Hull fans believe Stewart can fulfil the potential he showed on his comeback from injury last year, which produced interest from Leicester City.
No doubt he will see his loan move to Charlton as a stepping stone in his progression with the view to returning and helping in Hull’s bid for Premier League survival.
In terms of how the signing affects us, my hope is Powell trusts and plays him far more than he did Green, which will allow Bradley Pritchard to move from right midfield into the centre, where I believe he is at his most effective.
With regards to Green’s departure, I still hope he has a part to play at our club.
A good loan spell away in which he plays regularly, something which he has never been given the chance to do here, will hopefully be enough to deem him worthy of a starting XI spot in Powell’s eyes.
With probably the least funding of any club in the Championship, Powell has once again worked wonders to provide us with a squad that more than stands a chance of consolidating our position for the second consecutive season.
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