One more sleep
Here it is then, another Charlton Athletic season of blood, sweat and tears. Remember a baby is made and born quicker than a football season and it is important not to get too high with the highs, and too low with the lows. What rubbish eh? Whoever spouts this kind of stuff is clearly not a football fan!
The Championship season, tucked away behind a cloud on Sky Sports, unless you are Leeds United, has another look of throwing up all kinds of possibilities this season. Upon doing a little research to write my previews of each team (click here on part’s I, II and III) it only highlighted the myriad of differing ambitions that clubs have and how they plan to attack them.
It is almost impossible to strive for midtable security in The Championship, and I think Charlton need to be wary of that ideal. The Charlton approach should be to keep away from any danger and attempt to improve on last season but if horror upon horrors there is the slightest chance of a play-off opportunity, then Roland Duchatelet and the club needs to embrace it.
This means a stronger and more experienced squad than we have now, but although I think we are still three players short, and I would dearly love that to be addressed soonest, any other improvements can be carried out by using the loan market, which somewhat unusually Charlton this summer have bucked their own trend.
New signings came in spurts of activity during the summer and most were met with mixed reviews, although you can always expect an Addick somewhere to dig out a You Tube video of a screamer of a goal, or wonderfully timed tackle. However, the fact is that only El-Hadji Ba has actually played in England before, and that was for 19 minutes and for every Gudmundsson, there is a Lepoint.
All will be revealed in due course, but each signing does appear to have some kind of pedigree, which is a step up from what we have mostly been used to. Agreeably, the new boys are all young with their best ahead of them, and have each signed lengthy contracts. My only real hope though is that pedigree is matched by hunger and an ability to ‘do it’ at Championship level.
It’s been a long summer without, the Womens World Cup aside, any football to watch, and although last season ended for us in a whimper, particularly at home to Bournemouth, I have been looking forward to tomorrow for a while, especially knowing I would be ‘home’ this week and will also be taking my place at The Valley tomorrow.
With age and with living overseas brings different metrics of a good day out at the football, and although that emotive 90 minutes is impossible to explain to those that don’t suffer it, it is also about being around family and friends and that is something I am really looking forward to tomorrow.
See you in the Oak! Come on you reds!