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The Future of Charlton’s Squad Members

While all immediate attention remains on removing Roland Duchatelet and his regime from the club, and thereby allowing the Addicks a reasonable chance to rebuild, it would be wrong to completely ignore the futures of those who currently make up Charlton’s squad.

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The drop in division, and the decrease in wage budget regardless of who owns the club, means that many current Addicks are likely to depart. Some too good, some too expensive, most don’t deserve to continue to have their careers tainted by Katrien Meire and friends.

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Nonetheless, there is no hope of this club responding to relegation positively without a core of players remaining. Unrealistic to expect players of a certain calibre and those without strong Charlton connections to remain, nor would you want many to stay, but it certainly not unreasonable to want Johnnie Jackson to be assisted by more than just a few academy graduates.

Not including any of the players currently on loan in SE7, given that they are all likely to return to their parent clubs, I’ve assessed the likelihood of each first team player staying at Charlton beyond the summer.

With Jose Riga seemingly also set to depart, it would appear to be another summer of dramatic upheaval and change at The Valley.

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Goalkeepers

Stephen Henderson

Having seemingly upset the regime, it seems unlikely the excellent shot stopper will be a Charlton player for much longer. Regardless, Henderson is too good to be playing in League One during the peak years of his career. Any Championship club that requires a goalkeeper will be interested.

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Nick Pope

The young goalkeeper has impressed in recent months, and has already stated his desire to remain an Addick regardless of whether other clubs are interested. Makes the inevitable loss of Henderson easier to stomach.

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Dimitar Mitov

Relatively highly rated in SE7, and will probably keep his job as Pope’s understudy into next season. No first team experience whatsoever, however, so a loan spell at a League Two club might be more beneficial. The signing of a well-travelled reserve goalkeeper, or the extension of Phillips or Dmitrovic’s contracts, needed.

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Dillon Phillips

First choice while on loan at Cheltenham Town as they won the National League with relative ease, but the young goalkeeper’s Charlton contract expires this summer. A return to Cheltenham not unlikely.

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Marko Dmitrovic

Alcorcon’s number one during a loan spell at Duchatelet’s Spanish club, it would probably make more sense if the Serbian stopper stayed there. His Charlton contract expires this summer, so unlikely to remain in SE7 regardless.  

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Defenders

Chris Solly

Unquestionably a quality full-back, who deserves to be playing at a higher level than League One, but the sort of character you would hope would remain in SE7 irrespective of the relegation. The suggestion, therefore, that Meire is attempting to force Solly out of the club is extremely worrying. Everything should be done to attempt to keep the vice-captain at The Valley.

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Marco Motta

Only contracted until the end of the season. A player with his reputation, who is likely to be receiving a relatively high wage, is unlikely to want to extend his stay and play in the third tier of English football.

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Roger Johnson

Even by the standards of Meire, the decision to hand Johnson an 18-month contract was brainless. In fact, handing him a contract of any sort wasn’t exactly the greatest of ideas. The drop in division makes little difference, his attitude is horrendous and his defensive attributes are poor. Let’s hope a mutual agreement is reached before August.

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Patrick Bauer and Jorge Teixeira

Paired together as my feelings towards their futures is similar. Both excellent centre-backs, who would completely dominate League One, but unlikely to stay. Both too good for the third tier of English football, and both likely to be on the sort of wage that is going to need to be taken off the bill.

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Naby Sarr

After a dire first season as an Addick, the young centre back has a lot to do to prove his worth. Most wouldn’t shed any tears if he departed, but a contract until 2020 makes that unlikely. League One, you would hope, might be more his level.

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Harry Lennon

Impressed on loan at Gillingham earlier on in the season, and has done a decent job when called upon for the Addicks in the Championship. I’d have no problem with him being one of the starting centre-backs in League One.

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Morgan Fox 

Improvement since being booed off during the defeat to Bristol City has been impressive, and shown that Fox possesses both a strong character and a certain amount of talent. Rumours exist that suggest Birmingham City are interested, but I’d ideally like to keep him.

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Tareiq Holmes-Dennis  

Impressed when called upon by the Addicks this season, and done well while on loan at Oldham in the final months of the campaign. Good competition for Fox.

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Regan Charles-Cook

Looked composed and competent each time he’s played for the first team this season. His versatility will certainly be useful if the Addicks are going to have to rely on an even smaller squad next season.

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Midfielders

Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Not a chance he’ll remain a Charlton player; simply far too good for League One. A strong end to the season prior to representing Iceland at Euro 2016 this summer puts him in the shop window. A return to the Netherlands a possibility, but would like to see him stay in England, with him possibility having the ability to play for a low-end Premier League club.

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Jordan Cousins

With a very strong end to the season and another POTY under his belt, there’s unquestionably going to be a lot of interest in Cousins. Another that’s too good for League One, and should not be blamed if he ultimately moves on.

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Alou Diarra

His contract expires in the summer, but it does contain an option to extend it. A player of his reputation probably shouldn’t be playing in League One, but every effort should be made to convince him to stay in SE7. Tempted to camp outside his house and campaign for him to stay.  

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Johnnie Jackson

The club cannot rebuild without Jackson’s leadership. Whether he can achieve what he wants, assisting the regime in their recruitment and helping the Addicks return to the Championship at the first attempt, remains to be seen, but you certainly won’t be able to fault his effort.

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El-Hadji Ba

The weak centre-mid has posted a highlights video of himself on YouTube. Bye.

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Ahmed Kashi

Far, far too good for League One. You can only hope he’ll want to repay the club for assisting in his rehabilitation for injury. Realistically, though, he’ll be gone.

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Cristian Ceballos

Injury hasn’t helped, but Ceballos hasn’t been able to make any sort of impression this season despite arriving from Tottenham with a decent reputation. More than willing to allow him a chance to impress in League One, though, and imagine he’ll be kept on.  

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Zakarya Bergdich

Arrived in SE7 having apparently opted for the Addicks ahead of Premier League clubs, but hasn’t showed the ability to support such a reputation. Such a reputation means his wage is likely to be sizeable, and only increases the likelihood of the Moroccan departing.

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Callum Harriott

Despite impressing since his return from a loan spell at Colchester and being the sort of player that can realistically be kept in SE7, Harriott still isn’t contracted for next season. Previously his biggest critic, the winger has grown on me, and I’d be extremely disappointed if he was allowed to depart.

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Mikhail Kennedy

Didn’t quite look up to Championship standard when given an opportunity at the start of this season, but definitely something there. Would like to see him loaned out and given a chance to gain some first team experience.

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Oliver Muldoon

After making his debut for the Addicks in the League Cup against Peterborough in August, young midfielder Muldoon has been a regular for relegated Dagenham and Redbridge since January. Contracted until 2017, the 21-year-old might be an option to have in reserve for the next season.

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Forwards

Ademola Lookman

The teen will undoubtedly be sold to the highest bidder. While obviously talented, Lookman remains raw and still requires some development. A move to a Premier League club will hopefully be followed by a loan spell at a second tier side, for his own sake.

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Igor Vetokele

Rumoured to have a relegation release clause, meaning £0 of the seven figure sum paid for him will be recuperated. Outstanding work from Katrien Meire, as ever.

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Reza Ghoochannejhad

He’s out of contract. We’re finally getting rid of him. Get in.

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Tony Watt

Too good for League One, too many bridges burned, and a wage that can probably no longer be accommodated. Another club awaits for the 22-year-old journeyman.

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George Tucudean

Despite Charlton’s attempts to pretend he doesn’t exist, with the club not announcing his loan move to a Romanian pub team, Tucudean remains contracted. His time as an Addick will probably end in similar fashion to Piotr Parzyszek.

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Karlan Ahearne-Grant

From first team starter to U21 substitute; it’s fair to say this season has been quite tough for Ahearne-Grant after a promising start. Failed to impress on loan at Cambridge United, and no expectation that he’ll impress in League One. Still young, though, and another loan away is probably needed.

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Joe Pigott

Played plenty of football this season, with 42 games under his belt with one league game left to play for loan club Luton Town, but hasn’t particularly impressed for either Southend or the Hatters. Out of contract in SE7 this summer, and a permanent departure seems likely.

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Josh Umerah

After making his debut in the defeat to Hull, and signing a new long-term contract, young forward Umerah appears to have pushed ahead of the likes of Ahearne-Grant and Ansah. May have a role to play next season if the Addicks are to rely on a small squad.

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