Ajose and Tex leave
As some of us anticipated no new players were going to be granted to Karl Robinson until some of the existing squad he inherited was to be shifted. Robinson hinted as much today after the Welling game, and sure enough STVV couldn’t wait to pull the trigger on the news that Jorge Teixeira has signed for them on a 3-year deal for which one would put their mortgage on, an undisclosed fee.
Whether Tex’s 12k a week salary has been completely moved off Charlton’s books or this is a Duchatelet accounting function we will never know, but with the highly paid Nicky Ajose also gone, although one would assume Charlton are still paying part of his wages, it should give Robinson some renewed armoury in the transfer market.
Tex was patently too good for the 3rd tier of English football and despite famously bragging of a host of potential suitors in the dressing room in the early days of Robinson’s reign, the Portuguese mostly gave it his all in a red shirt and scored some vital goals in his just over 40 appearances. The 30-year old goes back to Belgium after we signed him from then Duchatelet owned Standard Liege. Tex was certainly one of the more accomplished players to join from the network yet Katrien Meire made a mockery of any wage structure within the club and gave him a 4.5 year contract just months before our obvious drop into League One.
As for Nicky Ajose, Christ he was frustrating. He obviously has a goal in him, but sometimes played like Carl Leaburn when in front of goal. He was poor in the air, and his first touch often left a lot to be desired. Ajose’s signing a year ago appealed to us all, but proved that simply signing one of the season before’s top scorers without any overall long plan of execution is pointless and another expensive mistake by the regime.
Sadly Ajose’s 24-goal season at Swindon looks an anomaly when compared to the rest of his career, but Bury, where he was born, and played twice before, are building a good looking team even without James Vaughan, and I’m willing to bet he will score goals for Lee Clark if he sets up the team around him.
Today at Welling the Addicks beat Welling 3-0 with goals from Jason Pearce, Patrick Bauer and Mikhail Kennedy. The other half of the squad and academy players go to Greenwich Borough tonight.
Not sure if it is true we play again in the morning as Robinson attempts to beat the record for the most pre-season games in a week..