Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town preview
Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town preview

Lee Bowyer revealed on Thursday evening that -subject to a medical – Charlton would be making their third signing of the summer on Friday:

“We’ve agreed with a club to bring someone in (on loan). He’s on his way down now. He’ll have a medical tomorrow.

“Another positive is that nobody has gone. I know people were worried about certain players leaving but they are here still and tomorrow we will be working just as hard as ever to be bringing in more bodies tomorrow.

“Will they (new players) be ready for this Saturday? They won’t be.

“We’re still on schedule, you know, we’ve got until the end of August, and hopefully we’ll have our third one through the door tomorrow, and then we’ll probably aim for at least another two after that.

“We’re on schedule, and hopefully the medical will go well tomorrow and everyone will realise the type of people that we are going for.

“They are good people and they are good for our squad and they are improving us, just like the other two that have come through the door.”

As the player “is on his way down” he must come from a Midlands or northern club. The boss was also enthusing about the quality of the player involved.

One player it will not be is‎ Eunan O’Kane who will not be moving to The Valley.

The player involved will “make the team better”, so must be experienced.

Bowyer went on to discuss other targets:

“There is one (player) that we are praying doesn’t go to a Championship club, because if he doesn’t then I know he is going to come to us.

“That’s something we can’t rush and just get someone because I know that there is something in the background that has a great chance of happening. It’s a waiting game at times.

“We have to be careful and once the right person is there then we take them.”

So Bowyer will busy behind the scenes as well as on the training field for the next couple of weeks or so.

The Addicks entertain Shrewsbury in their first competitive home game of the season at The Valley on Saturday.

The Shrews are much changed over the summer. Manager, Paul Hurst, has left to replace Mick McCarthy at Ipswich.

The Salopians have lost a number of their better players too, some of them moving to the Tractor Boys to be reunited with Hurst.

Charlton will be without Jason Pearce for the next couple of games, but Chris Solly and Lewis Page are expected to have recovered from the knocks they took at Sunderland.

Bowyer only named five subs at the Stadium of Light last week, and with Pearce ruled out and the new arrival “not ready”, he may only name four this week.

Bowyer may go for this side:

Phillips; Solly, Bauer, Sarr, Page; Lapslie, Aribo, Pratley, Marshall; Taylor, Grant.

Subs: Maynard-Brewer, Maloney, Ajose, Hackett-Fairchild.

The referee will be Craig‎ Hicks from Surrey.

This is a game which Bowyer will expect to take all three points from.


 
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