Ambiguous statement from official site!
We know that sometimes the official site is not all it should be cracked up to be but today it was damn right misleading! "Striking trio set to leave,"
the headline screamed. Christ, Benty's off and a couple of Under 16's I thought?
No it was that Shaun Bartlett, Jonatan Johansson and Francis Jeffers have been released by the club, but strikers? Well, well. Who knew?
Actually on a more serious note, it was interesting to note the three players goalscoring records in their time at the club, which were as follows:
Jeffers - 5 goals in 24 appearances. 1 in 4.8
JJ - 33 in 167 appearances (14 in his first season). 1 in 5
Bartlett - 26 in 139 appearances. 1 in 5.3
Not surprisingly there was no quote from Jeffers, but both JJ and the Bartlett had good things to say
about their stay at the club.
From my point of view, JJ looked like he would score in every one on one situation in his first season, a knack he appeared to lose but he does have a habit of popping up with the odd goal and will serve a Championship side well I feel. I used to be a neighbour of Shaun Bartlett and he and his family were always very nice. I think it was a symptom of how much our expectations had risen that the South African became a popular player to almost derided, particularly as he was picked on the basis of his defensive qualities, a decision I am sure rankles with any striker worth their sort.
As for Jeffers, I had very high hopes of him, even though he was a non-typical Charlton signing. His goals at home to Aston Villa two seasons ago got me all excited but clearly his journeyman cv and attitude is always going to stand in the way of a promising career.
I also noted in the US press a few days back that Cory Gibbs had taken a knock in the friendly against El Kak's Morocco
. According to the OS
today that 'knock' will rule him out of the World Cup, which sadly means that there will no Addicks in Germany.