Valley revolving door shuts
Whilst Marcus Bent is scaring the girls in Wigan, Amady Faye
will be scaring football fans witless in Glasgow. Blimey didn't they learn nothing from Francis Jeffers? That video that Walter Smith received from Faye's agent must have been bloody short.
Anyway lets hope that they don't have a recall clause, although I did read that Wigan are only contributing part of Bent's salary, which shows that Hutchings pretty much took him of our hands.
With Luke Varney soon to return and with Dickson in reserve, Pards clearly feels comfortable with his front players and credit to Big Chris for proving to his manager that he should be number 1. We are loaded with midfield players, albeit I would suggest slightly lacking in the holding role, particularly until Holland returns but Faye has to be up there with one of the most disliked players in recent years. Well maybe just behind Bent (M).
In come two loan players. One we know pretty well, Danny Mills
and although he didn't always get the best of receptions on his returns to The Valley, I think this signing will be well received by Addicks. An experienced head on strong shoulders and there is no doubt that he did go on from us and made a very good career for himself. But Leeds and Man City have not been the most steady of environments to flourish and although he played under Phil Parkinson at Hull last season, he comes to us with a bit to prove too.
I know less about Sam Sodje, apart from the fact that he was born in Greenwich but a season-long loan from Reading gives us a much needed further option at centre-half. No offence to Sam but hopefully he is that 'big lump' they we have been missing!
By the way in case you were wondering (I looked it up) his bandana wearing brother Efe plays for Gillingham, brother Akpo signed for Sheffield Wed yesterday and ex-Charlton youngster and cousin Onome is at York City. He has a brother Steve playing non-league at Ashford Town and his last brother Bright plays rugby league for Sheffield Eagles. Quite a dynasty eh?
That by the way is 19 players out and 16 in during the summer - described very well by Blackheath Addicted here
Tomorrow's one of those games when I would give my right arm to be there but hopefully the Charlton blogosphere and the mobile network will hold firm so I can get to feel part of it from here. Make yourselves loud Addicks.