Lookman leaves, Forster Caskey signs
I wish Ade well at Everton, and I’m pleased that he has signed for a ‘proper club’ with no disrespect to the Chelsea’s of the world, where he would just populate their burgeoning unused or pawned out talent pool.
We saw it coming so it is no surprise, nor is it that the fee is “undisclosed,” although thought to be £7.5m up front rising to £11m. Question now is how much will go into Duchatelet’s pocket and how much will be given to Robinson for his mid-season rebuilding quest. If rumours are true it is only thought to be a single digit percentage.
Katrien Meire, who has kept a low profile recently said: “We have a fantastic academy here and it is testament to everyone at the club that Charlton continues to develop high-quality young players.” She did not add this time that it’s great that we can watch them for a handful of months before watching them on MOTD in the Premier League playing for someone else. Welcome to Roly’s player farm.
Pinocchio did say earlier in the season in front of Bromley Addicks that Lookman would not be sold in the January window. The loan-back also didn’t happen, mostly though because Steve Walsh thinks that Lookman is ready to be around the Everton first team.
Shortly after Lookman’s move became official the club announced the signing of Brighton midfielder Jake Forster Carsley. Undisclosed obviously but I’m glad to see it is a permanent.
Still 22, Forster Caskey has good pedigree with his Dad being Darren Caskey and his Step Dad being Nicky Forster, once of SE7 parish.
My Brighton mate described him thus: “A decent young player for L1 but he needs to play and wasn’t getting a chance with the Albion for the simple reason he is not as good as Stephens, Kayal, Sidwell or Norwood so is 5th choice. He played a number of games for England U21 and also for the Albion so he has a good pedigree. I think he would do well with the right team as he is a good technical player but maybe lacks a little strength and needs to play in a midfield central three but we play with two so another reason he can’t get a game for us.”
I like that he has grown up in the Brighton academy, but I wonder why he has struggled at Rotherham but he is clearly not the only one their league position will suggest.
Welcome Jake and good luck.