Tumbleweed must have been Chris Parkes’ screensaver yesterday as transfer deadline day passed without so much as a juicy rumour. As one fan put on Twitter ‘yesterday was for football fans the transfer deadline day but for Charlton fans it was Tuesday.’
Yesterday’s transfer deadline was pretty chaotic and to be honest we were probably better off out of it, but I am seriously hoping that Luzon is able to add to his squad in the loan window because I keep having this recurring dream that we have been here before.
There is no doubt that our squad is better than a year ago, but so is everyone else’s and yesterday many other Championship clubs further strengthened their squads and our competitors between them have have signed 113 players since the Addicks last rolled out a signing in Nabby Sarr. Make that 116 after Nottingham Forest re-write the rules to sign three more this week!
Derby for whom Paul Clement has already added significantly yesterday splashed more cash on Norwich’s Bradley Johnson and Huddersfield’s Jacob Butterfield, both midfielders. Johnson in particular I think is an excellent player and was instrumental in getting the Canaries promoted last season and Butterfield’s assist stats are impressive.
Brentford were busy signing Austrian international striker Marco Djuricin and Liverpool forward Sergi Canos on loan. Bristol City have had a dismal window but managed to get Liam Moore on loan from Leicester and Nathan Baker on loan from Aston Villa. Both defenders, and they will help replace Ryan Fredericks, who has left the Robins after only 25 days after joining from Tottenham.
Fredericks went to Fulham, who have also been busy this week. They turned down a £9m bid from Sheffield Wednesday for Ross McCormack, and in turn spent over £2m on Wolves’ captain Richard Stearman.
The Owls rival Derby and Middlesbrough as the division’s biggest summer spenders, even without McCormack. They signed Watford forward Fernando Forestieri, who was close to joining Leeds last week, for an undisclosed fee and brought in Hornets defender Daniel Pudil on loan. Palace’s Barry Bannan signed a one-year deal at Hillsborough, whilst Stevie May was moved onto Preston. Wednesday had last week signed ex-Addick Michael Turner on a season-long loan from Norwich.
Another strange one was Burnley moving on summer signing Jelle Vossen to Bruges. One Charlton rumour that did surface was an attempt to lure Nottingham Forest winger Jamie Paterson, but he signed on loan for Huddersfield. Hull City signed Adama Diomande from Norwegian side Stabaek to replace Nikica Jelavic who was one of four players signed by West Ham yesterday.
Ipswich went abroad to sign Australia international winger Tommy Oar following his release by FC Utrecht and defender Piotr Malarczyk from Polish side Korona Kielce. Swindon lost Nathan Byrne to Wolves, who is quick and can score goals from full back. One to watch I reckon.
Rotherham attempted to stop their early season rot by sending the on loan Kelle Roos back to Derby. The Dutchman was 6 weeks into a season-long loan but has conceded 10 goals in his 4 league appearances. The Millers have signed the experienced Lee Camp from Bournemouth instead.
QPR kept Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips and Nedum Onuoha. Unbelievable to see no Premier League clubs in for Austin, who has scored 4 league goals after being substituted with his head between his legs at The Valley. Middlesbrough added another Uruguayan in winger Carlos de Pena from Nacional and Reading were the busiest Championship club yesterday signing Benfica winger Ola John and forward Lucas Piazon from Chelsea on season-long loans, plus significantly Watford striker Matej Vydra, who is already proven at this level.
Royals young defender Michael Hector joined Chelsea in a £4m deal, but returned to the Madejski Stadium on loan for the remainder of the season.