Belgian signings are not what Charlton need in current predicament

News Shopper: Michael Smith (above) is leaving SE7 for Swindon. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN. Michael Smith (above) is leaving SE7 for Swindon. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.



ADDICKS blogger MATIAS GREZ still has his fingers crossed for a Charlton January transfer which doesn’t involve a Belgian.

SO far in this transfer window Standard Liege have loaned out eight players to clubs owned by Roland Duchatelet, two of them to us and potentially Anil Koc to make it a third.

The first signing of Astrit Ajdarević seemed to fit nicely, with Chris Powell having been with him at Leicester along with Michael Morrison and Yann Kermorgant.

Then came Yohann Thuram-Ulien, one of the most highly rated keepers in the French Ligue One last season, and it seemed as though Powell was using his newly established contacts to sign a quality player.

Now comes Koc, an 18-year-old winger with just one professional game of football to his name, first rumoured to be signing but now apparently just here to train with us.

We can only speculate at how much say Powell has had in the most recent signings, but it would seem strange that a transfer target to help fight our way out of a relegation battle in an extremely competitive league would be an inexperienced Turkish teenager.

It would be a shame if we were to turn into this year’s Watford, as the love our current players have for the club is one massive factor in why I think we will stay up.

We tried a starting XI filled with loan players once before and ended up finishing the season halfway down League One.

Yesterday brought a new transfer rumour with Simeon Jackson potentially signing on a permanent deal from Bundesliga club Eintracht Braunschweig.

He seems like just the player we need, a striker with a lot of experience at a high level of football and still aged only 26.

This morning brought about the news Michael Smith had joined Swindon Town on a permanent deal, a transfer which has disappointed me slightly.

Many were calling for Smith to return to the club in January after a successful loan spell at Wimbledon saw him reach double figures in League Two.

Sending Joe Pigott out on loan in his place would have been the ideal situation, although I doubt Powell would sell a potential first team striker if he didn’t have a replacement up his sleeve.

But despite bringing in foreign players to help boost our ranks, it is refreshing and just as exciting to see Powell sticking to the club’s philosophy and tradition of bringing players through the youth system.

After Diego Poyet’s first team debut last night, it is nice to finally be able to replace the ‘Bradley Wright-Phillips, he’s better than Shaun’ song.

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11:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

tellmethisdoesn'twork says...

Am I the only one who has concerns that we are taking Belgiums unwanted?
Am I the only one who has concerns that we are taking Belgiums unwanted? tellmethisdoesn'twork

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