I really want to be positive about Charlton’s chances of promotion this year and I have deliberately minimised blogging in the hope that over the close season and August, a promotion winning team would be created. The additions of Marshall, Reeves and Da Silva plus the recovery of Kashi and retention of Holmes are all good signs. However, Karl Robinson’s latest admission that it looks like we won’t get another striker on board before the window shuts confirms that we will be stuck in mid table League 1 again this season.
You can’t get promoted out of this league – or indeed any other league without a relatively prolific goalscorer whether its Will Grigg when Karl’s MK got promoted or Bradley Wright Phillips when we got promoted. Jason Pearce said as much after the Plymouth game. Whilst Karl’s style of football is easy on the eye, the big worry will be that whilst we are making our 100th tippy tappy pass outside their penalty area and have 70% of the ball, it will go up the other end and from a long ball, corner or free kick, some big monster of a centre half or centre forward will head it in.
Generally the squad is too thin as usual and any significant injury to Magennis, Holmes or Pearce will see us falling down the table and Roland reaching for Karl’s P45.
The division is much stronger this season with a number of League 1 teams having spent big. Hold on tight, I hope I’m wrong, but I think its going to be another rocky ride.
We can all breathe easier now that Katrien has been re-elected to the FA council – obviously her huge success in halving revenues at Charlton was a key factor in her re-election rather than the fact that she is a woman and they needed one to make up the numbers. Prepare yourselves for Sex on the Wembley pitch adverts and outbursts that somehow the fans see themselves as having some weird sense of ownership in their National Team.