What happened – the first in a long series
Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be the lowest league ranked player in the Icelandic squad at this summer’s Euro’s but will be expected to play an important role for the Strákarnir okkar playing at their first major finals. Fortunately for JBG miscellaneous Albanian’s and Northern Irishmen will not make him the lowest levelled player in France, but it is further evidence of how a season that could have showed so much promise for Charlton has been nothing short of a disaster.
When Johann signed his new contract extension in June last year Guy Luzon said that “it shows that Gudmundsson believed in what we are trying to achieve here.” JBG himself tweeted that he was “hopeful we can make some history in the coming years.”
History indeed. Thanks Roland. Yet the players have to still carry some of the blame. JBG won his 44th cap the other night for Iceland. Reza Ghoochannejhad is Iran’s current top scorer but wasn’t required as the Iranian’s beat India 4-0 and remain well on course to qualify for Reza’s second World Cup Finals.
Injuries have deprived us of the much missed Ahmed Kashi and Igor Vetokele. Just prior to his move to London Kashi impressively broke into the Algerian side and would almost certainly been involved with their World Cup qualification campaign. Vetokele has played numerous times for Angola as an Addick. Whether he will ever recover to full fitness has been one of this season’s many unknowns.
Up until he appeared in SE7 Zakarya Bergdic was a regular in the Moroccan national team. He’s not had a sniff since. Morgan Fox was in the Wales squad earlier in the season and Tony Watt made his Scottish debut last week, whilst as a Blackburn Rovers player. A better season may have seen Stephen Henderson get a place on the Republic’s plane to France. Now we don’t know if he has a case of the worst dead leg ever known or has fallen out with the coaching staff.
Alou Diarra and Rod Fanni have 50 French caps between them and loanee Yun Suk-Young played in each one of South Korea’s Brazil World Cup Finals in 2014.
Simon Makienok had played 6 times for Denmark before his season loan move to The Valley. He would’ve hoped to add to that with an impressive season in The Championship behind him. Almost funny isn’t it?
Add to this a host of young players with caps at junior level. What the hell went wrong?