Paul Benson to Notts County
It is being widely rumoured that Charlton have accepted an offer of £150,000 from Notts County for Paul Benson. Of course he has to want to leave and agree terms, which team mates McCormack and Francis couldn’t do last week.
This is disappointing news to me. I was always supportive of Benno and his actual goalscoring ratio (1 every 4) wasn’t too bad considering our below average season and the fact that rarely from what I could see did we ever get a decent cross into him.
Therefore I assumed that this was one of the reasons for signing his old wide man team-mate Danny Green, and I was happy to see this combination work last night in the friendly at Aldershot.
Why would we want to sell him? Is Powell just trying to offload all of Parky’s signings or has he better options lined up? If Benno goes that leaves us with just two senior strikers – Hayes and BWP. Rather concerning and under Mr Motivator Martin Allen I can see Benno flourishing up at Meadow Lane.
Benson might think it’s best to cut his losses, Addicks fans didn’t appear to take to him and he was pursued of Twitter by idiots, which was a shame because he came across really geniune and humourous.
Replacement names in the frame are Rotherham’s Adam Le Fondre and Norwich City’s Aaron Wilbraham.
Perhaps of course we haven’t got as much money as the early trading made us think. If you consider we got a million for Carl Jenkinson and then have offloaded three of our most expensive earners in Semedo, Racon and Dailly, the budhet might well be more Rochdale than Southampton. Alan McCormack has now also left the club, by ‘mutual consent’ strangely and I am sure at some point Simon Francis, who has been ‘awarded’ the number 34 shirt will also agree a deal with Bournemouth when he realises it is his only real option.
So, the squad numbers have been released, which always interests me. As I mentioned Francis has been given the last but not least number 34 shirt, Benno 14, Danny Green 7 and Johnnie Jackson 4 and has been made captain, which is a good choice in my opionion. Never a quiet moment.