On Friday afternoon, it was announced that Nicky Ajose had forced a move and departed the Valley for a season long loan spell at the Greater Manchester side, Bury FC, according to Charlton Athletic’s official site.
Earlier in the week, Bury lost the services of James Vaughan to Sunderland, who was key in preventing a relegation for the Shakers.
The Greater Manchester side finished 19th on 50 points, one point ahead of Port Vale who faced finishing at the top of the relegation scrap last season.
If it was not for Vaughan netting 24 goals, then Bury could have found themselves rebuilding for a promotion push from Sky Bet League Two in the 2017/18 campaign.
It is understood that Nicky Ajose is someone that Lee Clark believes could help fill that hole which has been left by Vaughan’s departure.
Speaking to the News Shopper, Charlton Athletic manager, Karl Robinson stated that he had a conversation with Nicky Ajose, who stated that he did not want to play in a Charlton shirt in the upcoming campaign and wanted to move on.
“I sat down with him and he said this was something he wanted, so I told him I wasn’t going to stand in his way.”
Ajose joined the Addicks last summer when Russell Slade was in charge at The Valley, after an impressive goal-scoring record in the 2015/16 season, where he netted an impressive 24 goals for Swindon Town.
However once the 2016/17 season begun, Ajose never found the momentum and tenacity which allowed him to perform at the same level as he did with the Great Western side. Some people have made a point that Swindon Town built a side around Ajose which complimented his confidence and ability greatly, something that Charlton failed last season, prioritising target man, Josh Magennis.
In January of the 2016/17 season, Ajose rejoined Swindon on another loan spell, which terminated at the end of the season.
He netted 6 goals in 21 appearances playing for Charlton and 5 goals in 15 appearances for Swindon last season, bringing his total tally to 11 goals in 36 appearances across two sides.
Ultimately, many fans believed that Ajose may want to give it another shot at Charlton, with a strong preseason under Karl Robinson and a possible rebuild taking place. However, the loan move, and him requesting as well as forcing it through shows otherwise.
It shows he has no desire for Charlton Athletic. Maybe he should have been sold permanently? As he clearly gave Karl Robinson no choice.