Charlton Athletic manager, Karl Robinson, still has an extensive list of transfer targets that he is weighing up moves for. Does that mean his original thirteen players is still a possibility?
There is a valid argument that the side Robinson has adopted is one largely structured and built by Russell Slade in the last summer window, and some of the players are not appropriate or capable of playing the possession and high tempo style of play that Robinson tends to favour, with a specific interest on utilising the wings.
In late April, Karl Robinson made clear that he was keen to rebuild and restructure his side in the summer transfer window. The Charlton Athletic manager specified that he was aiming to bring in a total of thirteen players:
- x2 Goalkeepers
- x4 Defenders – x1 Left Back, x2 Centre Backs, x1 Right Back
- x2 Central Midfielders
- x4 Wingers
- x1 Number 10
Since Karl’s target number came to light in late April, and he was excited and passionate to begin a rebuild in the summer, his attitude has changed. The manager has shown hints of deflation and cautiousness.
However, on Monday (8th May), after the South London Press announced that the Addicks were linked with tabling an offer for the striker, Ian Henderson from Rochdale. The Sports Editor, Richard Cawley, followed up by saying that Karl Robinson still has an extensive list of targets drawn up, but did also specify that due to the volume of possible transfers Robinson is keen to make, it does not by any mean indicate that he will secure all of them.
Got to say there are a lot of targets drawn up by Karl Robinson. So doesn't mean that it is definitely going to happen.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) May 8, 2017
The fact that Robinson and his coaching staff are ambitious in aiming to secure the services of several players may be reassuring for fans, at the very least he is trying to build some form of success at a club which is riddled with issues off the pitch.
Whether or not Robinson’s transfer list is still at thirteen, or has increased, or decreased, we will have to simply wait and see how the transfer window pans out for Charlton, at a time of uncertainty at the club in regards to a possible takeover.