Am I the only person who can’t really understand why Alfie is choosing to go to Stoke. Yes, I know he is out of contract at the end of the season and won’t sign another one, but wouldn’t it be more sensible for all parties if he signs another contract with Charlton, gets paid more, plays a few games until the end of the season and if we don’t get promoted then leaves for a slighter bigger transfer fee with a choice of suitors in the Summer.
This whole deal smacks of a rush up the aisle because the bride (Alfie) is pregnant (injured) and her old man (his agent) has got a shotgun.
I don’t have anything against Stoke, but I don’t suppose it was on Alfie’s Top 10 list of life choice destinations was it? Its the only place in the UK where I’ve seen a race riot and I actually had to drive through the middle of it.
It all seems a bit sad that we can’t compete- hopefully temporarily – with a team like Stoke. Even with a month or so out of Alfie, they aren’t likely to go up and with a bit of luck and consistency we will be playing at the same level again next year with a proper owner and proper Championship budget.