Morrison leaves for Birmingham
Not surprised at all with Michael Morrison’s departure. After 146 starts in three seasons in the heart of our defence , under Bob Peeters he has made just the one, and only that due to Ben Haim’s religious belief’s.
The vice captain joins Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City on loan until the end of the year, with a 28-day call back.
I like many Addicks have always been a huge admirer of Morrison, since the very first day he pulled on a Charlton jersey. The 26-year old only signed a new 2-year contract in the summer a month after Peeters joined. I suspect like many this was to both appease fans and a back-up in case the Belgian wasn’t able to get the ball-playing defenders in that he wanted.
Whereas the other key Powell henchman Johnnie Jackson has thrived under Peeters, Morrison has been sidelined, and rightly Peeters has to let him go out and play.
Morrison’s move this morning would’ve sent heart’s fluttering though as the already paucity of options open to Peeters took another dent. The bench in recent weeks has resembled an after-school club except for Morrison with the untried Terrell Thomas as the next central defender back up other than the injured Joe Gomez.
Nonetheless Duchâtelet and Peeters have acted quickly and signed American free agent Oguchi Onyewu on a short-term contract until January. The strapping 32-year old has won 69 caps and has been training with hometown club DC United since being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season.
Of course there always appears to be a Belgium connection and Onyewu played for Standard Liege for five seasons between 2004 and 2009 and holds Belgium citizenship. He also speaks fluently English, Italian, French and Portuguese.
His time at Standard was successful and he was twice named in the end of season Belgian League XI as well as best overseas player in 2005.
This of course was 10 years ago and it remains to be seen what Onyewu still has to offer.
Meanwhile Harry Lennon has been recalled from his loan spell at Cambridge after making just two league starts.