Holmes set to stick with Addicks
Holmes set to stick with Addicks
There was good news for Addicks fans on Thursday when it was revealed that Player Of The Year, Ricky Holmes, was set to sign an extended deal at The Valley.

Karl Robinson said this to London News Online:

“We’re in the process of sitting down with Ricky. He’s got a year to go.

“He’ll be with us next season. We’re in the process of having talks with his advisors. He has a good agent who knows what we’re trying to build. We know Ricky is happy where he is.

“We’ve got to get one or two things right. But everyone knows what I think of Ricky Holmes.”

‎Hopefully, Holmes will put pen to paper quickly to end speculation about his future. There has been conjecture that his former manager at Northampton, Chris Wilder, wanted to take him to Sheffield United.

The Daily Record have reported that Charlton have made a bid for Partick Thistle’s talented 21-year-old central defender, Liam Lindsay.

The Jags value Lindsay at £750,000 ‎and the Addicks are said to be in a race with Bolton to sign the defender according to the Record.

It seems unlikely that Charlton would pay such a big fee for a young defender, and Bolton do not have the funds to match Thistle’s valuation. It would be a surprise if a deal is done to bring Lindsay south at that price.

Left-back, Adam Chicksen, will not be offered a new contract at The Valley. Chicksen impressed many fans, but did not seem to have Robinson amongst his admirers.

This is what the manager said to the South London Press’ Richard Cawley:

“Adam is going to move on. We have Lewis Page but we are also looking to bring another left-back in sooner rather than later.

“We had to make a decision. Adam always wore his heart on his sleeve for us. I’m sure his career will be fine.”

Robinson was hoping to bring in five or six new players before going on his holiday at the end of the week.

Thus far, no new faces have arrived at the club and Robinson told the SLP how quickly time passes, and how much he is looking forward to the new season:

‎”The summer will go very quickly. We’ll be ready and raring to go.

‎”There’s something spectacular about the beginning of a season. You can’t replicate that time. Everyone from the top of the Premier League to the bottom of League Two.

“There’s excitement and hope that this is your year. The freshness of the kit, the boisterous atmosphere you get, the thrills and the spills of football that the first day throws at you. The unpredictability of results on the first day is remarkable.

“It will be upon us very quickly and I look forward to those days.”

The Addicks have confirmed that they will play Ipswich at The Valley on Saturday 29 July. The 2017/18 EFL season will kick-off seven days later, and the game against the Tractor Boys is likely to be their final warm-up game.

According to a number of reports, Charlton are one of a clutch of clubs interested in signing Swindon defender, Nathan Thompson.

Thompson is a central‎ defender who can also play at right-back, is 26-years-old, and is also being pursued by Portsmouth, QPR and Rotherham.

He has made over 160 appearances for the Robins, and has spent his entire career at the County Ground.

The Addicks spent much of last summer chasing Thompson’s younger brother, Louis. The younger Thompson had a fine season on loan at the County Ground in 2015/16, and was a significant factor in Nicky Ajose’s fine season.

Russell Slade was keen to bring Louis in to play with Ajose again, but Norwich would not sanction second season away from Carrow Road.

There have been plenty of players linked with a move to The Valley, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that there will be any arrivals before Karl Robinson goes on holiday at the end of the week.