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Addicks sign Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson

Whilst a little underwhelmed this morning by the signing of Tal Ben Haim, I am certainly ‘whelmed’ by the capture of Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

The 23-year old signs on a 2-year contract after leaving Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar on July 1st. Gudmundsson arrives with a very impressive reputation. He has 32 Icelandic caps and came to prominence with this cracking hat-trick against Switzerland in World Cup qualifying.

He played at AZ for five seasons scoring 13 times and was a regular Europa League feature. 6’1″ and tall for a winger, it is believed a number of clubs were monitoring Gudmundsson, but Charlton stole an early march and after flying into London this morning, he was unveiled this afternoon to become Peeters’ 7th signing.

We have had some good luck with Scandanavian players in the past, and I’m looking forward to watching Gudmundsson play.

As expected Tal Ben Haim was also signed in time for tomorrow’s Welling run-out. I would expect Ben Haim is a direct replacement for Leon Cort and won’t be a regular starter. I’d imagine that Morrison and Bikey will start with Gomez and Lennon knocking on the door, but Ben Haim does bring with him a wealth of experience, and compares favourably to last year’s pre-season defensive signing of Richard Wood, no disrespect to Wood meant.

He is another network signing, and was earning over 30k a week when he was at QPR two seasons ago. I assume the salary is taken care of centrally. There was also no mention of a fee even though he was under contract at Standard.

If Ben Haim has the belly for it, then he will add useful experience and mentoring to the younger players, particuarly Gomez and Lennon. It will be interesting to see Pompey fans reaction to him if he plays in the friendly there on August 2nd.

Ben Haim was made a scapegoat by fans after Portsmouth went into administration in 2012 owing more than £58m to various creditors including numerous players. Ben Haim had signed for Pompey just before their first spell of administration and was believed to be on £36,000 per week plus an image rights contract worth an extra £1m per season.

Ben Haim refused to accept a Pompey supporter’s group offer to waive his wages owed and to go on £5,000 a week. I have to say I would be rather put out if my employer did that to me!

On trial Billericay Town forward Isaac Layne may also get a run out at Welling tomorrow alongside Tomasz Cywka.

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