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Building a squad

An unexpected name was added to Karl Robinson’s squad this afternoon. Tariqe Fosu, or Tariqe Kumahl Malachi Akwesi Fosu-Henry, to give him his full name, was signed from Reading after compensation was agreed between the Royals and Charlton. Fosu has signed a 2-year deal and looks to me as if he will be a peripheral squad player, at least initially.

Another that likes to play behind the striker, the 21-year old spent last season on loan at Colchester, and gives Robinson another option in his preferred three player behind a lone striker.

Fosu played 34 times last season for Colchester scoring 6 goals and by accounts improved over the season in a more central role as the U’s just missed out on the League Two play-off’s by a point.

I suspect this hasn’t put Robinson off his chase for MK Dons’ Ben Reeves.

Another new name to conjour with is that of Ahmed Kashi. Unless the editor of the OS was playing scrabble he threw those 10 letters into an article yesterday that suggested the Algerian was still alive albeit living in Qatar!

Quite why our head of medical services had to fly out to see the 28-year midfielder and not vice-versa is not clear but it does look as Robinson will be able to meet Kashi for the first time on the club’s pre-season tour to Ireland which begins July 1st.

Kashi has played just 2 games in a Charlton shirt since September 2015 and his contract runs until the summer of 2018.

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  1. rierti #

    Fosu is as you suggest probably a squad player.Our U21s lack effective players of his type who could be first team squad players this coming season except for Karlan Ahearne Grant.George Doughty has potential as a left back or left winger but may need another year to physically mature. Lapslie and Dijksteel who are midfielders must be first team squad this season.I hope Dillon Phillips gets the goalkeepers’ jersey as well,
    Phillips is significantly better than Pope and similar to Elliot a good solid stopper a few seasons ago Bert Johnson said that when Phillips was on loan at Cheltenham he was the best young goalkeeper he had ever worked with.Phillips at 22 (11-6-95) is the right age to be given his chance.
    I have watched Jordan Pickford play 2 games for England U21s I wasn’t impressed Everton have paid far too much for him
    My wildcard for the U21s is Hackett-Fairchild who joined last autumn and played a dozen or so games before injury ruled him out for the last 3 months of the season.

    June 19, 2017
    • Interesting Rierti, thanks. Do you see a lot of the U21’s?

      June 19, 2017
  2. rierti #

    I have watched the first team for over 60 years and the colts (now U18s) and reserves (now U21s) for over 55years. I like to watch players progress through the ranks. The U18s has in recent years had a great record of producing players for the first team, long may it continue. However, whilst we are in Div1 these players will move on to clubs from higher divisions relatively early. This is why we must aim for promotion this season then these players can be retained longer. You have to augment players that CAFC produce with shrewd recruits, so far so good this year. But we still need a goalkeeper to compete with Phillips a left-back and cover for Magennis. I hope that Holmes stays,if he goes then signing Reeves becomes imperative.

    June 20, 2017
    • Thank you. You must have felt a real sense of pride watching players like Paul Elliott, Lee Bowyer, Scott Minto, Scott Parker, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Gomez grow up. I’m envious.

      Hopefully KR gives Phillips the shirt. I think he deserves a chance. I’m excited to see Dijksteel and Lapslie plus Barnes used to go to my son’s school so I hope he can make it.

      I will look out for Hackett-Fairchild as well.

      June 20, 2017
  3. I really hope KR is assembling a squad that is able to serve up different formations and styles of play. Ever since Karl has arrived at The Valley he has talked profusely about his preferred formation and style of play which he was unable to put into effect last season with the personnel available. If we are serious about gaining promotion next season a Plan B and maybe Plan C will be required to win certain games where the opposition will have found a way to nullify these tactics. I really hope KR is not a one trick pony.

    June 20, 2017
    • Don’t worry Tom, Karl will undoubtedly tell us all about it…. 🙂

      June 20, 2017
      • Charlton Exile #

        Oh God Karl, please don’t

        June 21, 2017

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