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Why are we playing St-Truiden?

Two Charlton friendlies to wet your whistle tomorrow.

Tha Addicks play Sint-Truiden Saturday evening in Limburg, whilst a CAFC XI goes to Dulwich Hamlet in the afternoon but will include Stephen Henderson, Rhoys Wiggins, Chris Solly, Johnnie Jackson and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis in their line up.

There may well be other first teamers too as Guy Luzon is concerned about Sint-Truiden’s artificial pitch, and how it could hamper or cause injuries, which begs the question why we are playing them in the first place. The only reason I can think of is that it suits Katrien Meire, the two loves of her life locking horns in a lazy kickabout at dusk on carpet.

The injuries sustained during the Women’s World Cup are well documented and there has been growing concern regarding potential exposure to carcinogens due to the infill used on artificial grass pitches being made from shredded used tires.

There are no artificial pitches in the Championship, the players have been training on grass, so to what benefit to our pre-season is it that we have to play Sint-Truiden, who have the only artificial surface in Belgium professional football? Roland Duchatelet, who denies involvement with Sint-Truiden, has long been a supporter of artificial pitches and was responsible for the club switching to ‘Domo VarioSlide S PRO artificial grass‘ in 2011.

Guy Luzon has cut a frustrated figure this week in Belgium as the club struggle to add to his threadbare squad. However this clip of new tall bloke Simon Makienok singing his initiation song at a club dinner does show what valuable time away together can do for togetherness.

The word was that a new signing would be joining up with the squad this week, which hasn’t materialized, although there is always time. Two recent players mentioned as more than lazy rumours are Wolves’ wide man James Henry and Real Vallodolid left-back Zakarya Bergdich.

The 26-year old Henry was well thought off as a youngster at Reading and was signed by Kenny Jackett at Millwall, where he played 146 games. Jackett then took him to Wolves where he has featured regularly. The fee is expected to be £500,000 with player terms to be negotiated.

French born Bergdich is a strange one. One would think that left back is the last of Luzon’s worries and recently whilst on loan at Genoa, Bergdich was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife! Just the sort of bloke our family club needs.

Bergdich is a Moroccan international and was sent out on loan to Genoa by Vallodolid in March of this year and made his name playing in Ligue 1 for Lens. He is 26.

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  1. c4fcdenmark #

    Good article and fully agree with your scepticism of the value of playing a friendly on an artificial pitch where we are unwilling to risk a significant proportion of our first team, hence a missed opportunity of moulding the starting line up.
    Bergdich seems an odd choice. Although I cannot see that he was charged, with the incident reported in April, it is never the less worrying. I am also only cautiously optimistic that we will capture Henry without compromising our wage structure.

    Fingers crossed, as always with Charlton.

    July 17, 2015
  2. redvalley9 #

    What a poser! Selfie whilst singing.

    Sent from my iPad


    July 17, 2015
    • Yep, can’t imagine Derek Hales doing similar after he signed from Luton Town!

      July 17, 2015

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