As a reminder to those that thought Charlton would be picking up the Standard Liege pick of the crop, news comes that Tony Watt is ready to move to the The Valley in January on a permanent deal, with the Addicks probably picking up the remainder of the Scotsman’s 5-year deal.
Watt is a proven bad egg, with from what I can see six managers having failed to get anything but disrespect and laziness out of the obviously talented 20-year old. Now it seems it is Bob Peeters turn as Roland Duchâtelet again flips us a player that Standard don’t want.
Watt is a local Celtic boy and boyhood fan, but he showed a sad lack of dedication after he came to national prominence when he scored a Champions League goal against Barcelona 2 years ago. A couple of weeks later Watt signed a lucrative 4-year contract.
Neil Lennon couldn’t get Watt to recreate that early sparkle and after a few frosty disagreements sent him on loan to Lierse in Belgium last season where manager Stanley Menzo openly criticized Watt branding him lazy and unfit and demoted him to their B team.
He did score 8 goals for Lierse and remained in Belgium until the summer when he returned to Celtic for pre-season training but his attitude did not impress new Celtic manager Ronny Delia.
Roland Duchâtelet’s scouts were impressed though and smelling a deal for a raw young talent Duchatelet signed Watt for Standard for a reported fee of £1.2m.
Previous Standard head coach Guy Luzon started with Watt in the team, but the Scots’ character did not sit well with Luzon or his replacement Ivan Vukomanović and Watt has started just 3 games and has come off the bench ten times as last year’s league winners languish in 7th. Watt last scored in October.
Scotland U21 manager Billy Stark is another to bemoan Watt’s fitness, although his apparent ability has led to 9 U21 caps and a call up to Gordon Strachan’s senior squad.
Tony Watt to Charlton always looked an obvious move and Bob Peeters and the senior players will have their work cut out.
Whether Watt proves to be a rough diamond or a rough trade, good old Charlton are going to find out.