The club have announced that Reza has moved on a season-long loan to Al Kuwait, one of the Arab state’s biggest clubs.
That makes good business sense for RD because he keeps the asset as part of the network, but moves an unhappy punter of his payroll. Reza has clearly been unsettled for a while ever since his move to Standard two years ago.
Not unpredictably the Iranian has exploited his success in the World Cup, and I understand Reza wanted a permanent move but Duchâtelet vetoed it. I think it is disappointing that he didn’t want to prove himself in a better league, a little bit easy street if you ask me, with a tax-free lifestyle thrown in for good measure.
I am with Bob Peeters on Reza’s departure but my son, who arrived in Bermuda last night, is gutted as he bought into the whole #GoodLuckReza World Cup stuff that the club rolled out but apart from a goal at Leeds he moves on no better than Karim Bagheri in my mind.
The club also confirmed Polish Pete’s loan to STVV, he scored twice on his weekend debut, and has been in Belgium for weeks, but club waited until international clearance was given to publicize it.
That leaves Loic Nego as the sole survivor of the network signings made in January still at the club. I wonder if he will see out his 5-year contract?
Parzyszek and Ghoochannejhad’s stories are ones we will get used to Duchâtelet acts quickly to move his assets around the network better suiting either the player or a club, all the time attempting to avoid a depreciating liability.
Katrien Meire, impressive again, said on Sunday that they will move quickly to sign young talent spotted by network scouts as Reza was and Piotr was meant to be. Duchâtelet has a clear record of this, and Vetokele and Gudmundsson are the latest examples.
The trick for Charlton is to be at the driving force of that strategy, making sure that we get the pick of the players, can move on those not up to scratch and we don’t get dragged down with other club’s cast off’s.
Peeters was coy about replacing Reza, although the vacant no.8 and no.9 shirts for me need filling and Meire appears to be working hard to conclude a couple of deals before the season begins. They will only happen if they work for Roland’s model.