Captain, vice captain and new captain
News today that the skipper will be out until the New Year with a calf injury sustained at Forest on Saturday. There are, in my mind, some prejudiced views that Jackson is past his best, but I would argue he has again been one of our most influential performers in midfield this season, and he will be missed.
Nonetheless his absence will coincide with the continued loan spell of Francis Coquelin and Yoni Buyens’ return, although like others I thought it notable that Peeters put Buyens on the bench and then replaced Jackson with Lawrie Wilson early in the game on Saturday.
Peeters has options anyway, and judging by the last two games when Chris Solly has taken the captain’s armband, I would expect him to lead the team out at The Valley on Saturday.
Talking of Chris Solly, isn’t it fantastic to see him back to his very best? How great would it be to see him become a real fixture for the club in the coming seasons and rack up the level appearances similar to some of the very best full backs that have graced the side such as John Humphrey, Mark Reid, Chris Powell and Bob Curtis in recent decades.
One player who I don’t expect to make another appearance in a Charlton shirt is Michael Morrison.
“Charlton have made it clear there’s not really a future back there for me.” (more)
In the summer it would’ve been crazy to think that the 26-year old would be surplus to requirements, but Peeters has made it pretty obvious that Morrison, who hardly missed a game in three seasons, is not required.
I still think losing Morrison would be a real shame. He has lots of qualities, is a good leader and a very effective centre-half and is still only 26. He is proving himself all over again at St Andrews. Gary Rowett would like to sign him in January but his performances whilst on loan will alert other clubs, a certain Yorkshire based one for starters. I hope we hold out for a good fee that can be recycled by Bob.
Yesterday’s FA Cup 3rd Round draw saw us get another naff draw, no disrespect to Blackburn, because they will be thinking the same and will be the ones having to travel. Noticeably the five teams to be drawn out of the hat after Blackburn were Dover Athletic, Crystal Palace, AFC Wimbledon, Liverpool and Manchester City. All sides that anyone of us would rather see us play.
Finally Northern Irish academy midfielder Mikhail Kennedy has signed his first pro contract.