Thursday, August 31, 2006

Diawara makes it eight

With 40 hours of the transfer window left, the Addicks announced that 27-year-old Souleymane Diawara has become Iain Dowie’s 8th signing of the summer. I’ve never even heard of the lad let alone seen him play, but he has experience of playing in Europe, has won domestic trophies in France with Sochaux and is an experienced International. The price is slightly higher than I would have expected to pay for such a player but Dowie claims that he has followed his career for some time and is well aware of what he can do, so the rest of us will just have to trust his judgement. The fee was £3.712m (and twenty six new pence) by the way.

As I’m sure most Addicks are aware by now, one player who will not be present when Diawara joins up with the squad is Costa Rican talent Christian Bolanos, whose appeal for a work permit was turned down by the Home Office yesterday. I’m gutted about this news to be honest. I wasn’t at the friendlies that the kid took part in but I have heard nothing but glowing reports from those that were, and I’m sure that the club will be keeping an eye out for his inclusion in up and coming Costa Rica squads. As soon as Christian’s percentage creeps up over the 75% mark, I’m sure he will be on the first available plane back to London. It was obvious when the original application was turned down that Bolanos hadn’t played enough International matches, and I would love to know on what grounds the club appealed the decision anyway. It does seem a little harsh though to expect the kid to have been playing ¾ of his countries International games at the age of just 20.

So with Bolanos off of the list, and no further movement on the alleged deal for Pouso, Dowie now has approximately 21 hours of the transfer window left in order to find us the midfielder we so desperately need. Even if we find the right man, the question is: Do we have enough money left to sign him? By my reckoning we have spent just over £11m this summer and recouped nothing. Jason Euell looks likely to be off to Boro, but even if that move goes through I can’t imagine it being for anything more than a million. Perhaps it would be wise not to sign a midfielder tomorrow, and save the money for January instead. By then we will have a better idea of where we need to strengthen anyway.

11 Comments:

Blogger Ken J said...

I think we have a pretty good idea where we need to strengthen. Given 5 options, 48% of cafcpicks pollsters picked the same one - Midfield. The 30% that said 'Back four' voted before we got the new lad in. Maybe Reid will do the job from the middle of the park. As NYA suggests, he probably isn't swift enough to be a winger anyway.

3:27 am  
Blogger CharltonChris said...

Yeah I'm not denying that we need a midfielder. I'm just saying that It's a long old season, and if D. Bent was to suffer a long term injury midway through September then we would be knee deep in the proverbial, and in need of another striker in January.

With the kind of midfielder we need, I would assume that we will be talking at least another £3m which will take our spending close to £15m this close season. Anyone know what is the largest amount of money Charlton have ever spent on players within a calendar year? I can't imagine that too much will be available for squad improvements in early 2007.

4:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shame about Bolanus he looked a bit special.

what I'm wondering is where this £11m has come from. we are always led to belive we only ever had 2 or 3 million to spend each year


fortress

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Blogger CharltonChris said...

Who led you to believe that?

With the appontment of a new manager and the exodus of squad players that it heralded, we were always going to have to spend this summer. I just didn't expect us to spend quite so much.

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