Charlton Athletic are at risk of losing the popular and prolific winger, Ricky Holmes if the club is unable to offer him a new contract which reflects his importance in the squad, according to the South London Press.

Ricky Holmes joined Charlton Athletic last season from Northampton Town for a fee around £120,000, which has no doubt paid dividends this season.

Holmes has adapted well to the life in Sky Bet League One, being voted the Player of the Year by the Charlton faithful, and ranks at the summit of goal scorers, netting thirteen.

In fact, if it was not for the potency and proficiency of the fan favourite, the Addicks could have found themselves closer to the drop zone at the end of the season, possibly even occupying one of the four drop positions.

There has been noise amongst the football community, that Holmes could be attracting interest from Sky Bet League One champions, Sheffield United, with the idea that Chris Wilder thinks that his former Northampton man can offer something in the Championship. However, whether or not the rumors are true, Holmes will most definitely be attracting interest from a long list of clubs in the transfer window.

According to the South London Press, Holmes is not a top earner at the club, despite the importance of his contributions to his first season at The Valley, and is commanding a new contract which reflects his value to Robinson and his squad.

The likes of Nicky Ajose who spent his second half of the season at Swindon Town on loan, is on a higher wage, as well as Jorge Teixeira and other players who were with Charlton during their Championship seasons, which have a significant higher salary, despite not contributing to much success, at least not to the scale that Holmes has in such a short space of time.

Ricky Holmes is a fundamental player to build around and rely upon on the wing for a promotion season. It is absolutely necessary that Karl Robinson and the Charlton Athletic board offer him a new contract with a deserved wage increase, in order to show any sort of ambition for the upcoming campaign.

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Charlton Athletic fan who is still proud and loves the achievements under Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. I am still waiting for the day when we return to the top flight of English Football! I am staunchly against the Roland Duchatelet ownership and support CARD in his removal. I am also a qualified referee with the London FA. Twitter: @ValleyFloydFred