Friday, September 01, 2006

Transfer summary

From a Charlton perspective it was quite a predictable series of events that made up our deadline day dealings. Andersen has gone out on loan to Leeds but can be recalled if either Carson or Myhre pick up knocks. Pouso has signed on a year long loan from Penarol for an initial fee of £350,000 (with a further £1.3m to come if we want to make the deal permanent in 2007), and the forgotten man of SE7 has finally left the club, signing for Middlesbrough in a deal worth up to £300,000.

Nobody really knows too much about the Uruguayan, but he’s supposed to be a ball winner with an eye for goal, so I would assume that the short term plan is to play him in place of Holland in the middle of the park. Pouso and Faye should be an energetic double act in the engine room, and with Reid and Ambrose out on the wings our midfield is starting to take shape. The second choice quartet (Hughes, Holland, Kishishev and Rommedahl) is now pretty much what our midfield was at the end of last season, and with Jerome Thomas still to come back into the fold, things in that area of the pitch now look a lot more secure than have done for most of the summer.

As for Euell, well, he’s a player that I have always respected. Jase scored some vital goals for us during some pretty key seasons as a newly promoted club, and it’s a shame the way his career has gone sideways since the public bust up with Curbs. I remember almost falling off of my chair with surprise when I saw Euell’s face on an advert for the Orange mobile phone network a few years ago. It was the first time I had ever seen a Charlton player involved in a national advertising campaign and if you remember the advert, Euell scored a winning goal at Highbury and went running off in celebration around the streets of London! It was a rubbish advert really, but I remember it fondly because Jason scored at Highbury later in that season (the fourth goal in our 4-2 win), and I remember sitting in the crowd that day half expecting him to jump over the advertising boards and go running off down the road when that ball hit the back of the net.

He was never the most skilful of players, but what he lacked in finesse he made up for in desire and persistence. It's a shame that when most of the football world consider Euell's career at Charlton they wont remember that he was top scorer three years on the spin, they will just remember the last 2 years he has spent in the reserves. At least he still has a chance to prove to the nation that he does still have the ability to perform in the top flight, and I hope he takes that chance with both hands.

All the best in your future career with Middlesborough Jase, and I hope you will recall all of the good times you had at The Valley as vividly as you will remember the bad.


Anonymous Rocco said...

Agreed, goodbye and best of luck to Jason Euell. Its a real shame Curbs had the bust up with Euell but there's always 2 sides and that Dowie is letting him go is telling. For me it was more of a shame that Curbs always saw him as a midfielder. I think most fans felt he deserved a good run up front especially when our front line consisted of Bartlett, Lisbie or JJ.

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Blogger CharltonChris said...

I was speaking to a Boro fan on another football forum this morning who claims that they will try and utilise him as a wide man..

5:55 pm  

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