3 forward improvements Charlton Athletic should aim for this month

Charlton Athletic will be looking for attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window after back-to-back League One defeats.

The Addicks have lost both of their league games since Johnnie Jackson’s appointment as permanent manager and have seen the gap between them and play-off spots increase to 14 points. Jayden Stockley and Conor Washington had started to get along at the top of the pitch before the former’s injury saw Josh Davison enter the squad last time around.

The defensive side of the game has been the most impressive for South Londoners since the sacking of Nigel Adkins, who will lead Jackson and the scouts in the attacking zones this month.

Here, we’ve taken a look at three forwarding upgrades the Addicks should consider this month …

In which club did Charlton recruit these 20 players?

Cameron archer

The younger option. Aston Villa scorer, 20, Cameron Archer, was in great shape in the Papa John’s Trophy this season, scoring six in four appearances, and he showed his quality in the Addicks’ 2-1 win over the U21s of Claret and Blue Army. With Harry Arter returning to his parent club, Nottingham Forest, there is recently plenty of room for another lender, and one that adds variety to the forward contingent.

Stockley, Washington, Davison and even Jonathan Leko after his recent injury issues aren’t blessed with a game-changing pace and Archer could add that on top of gaining valuable senior football experience.

Matty stevens

The lower league option. Matty Stevens has been a League Two clinical finisher this season as Forest Green Rovers appear to run away with the league title.

The 23-year-old has been very effective in a front two with Jamille Matt, there are similarities to be drawn with Stockley and Washington’s partnership that could ease the adjustment period for Stevens.

Stevens is six years younger than Washington, and as an asset he would represent a smart company.

Freddie ladapo

The long shot. Freddie Ladapo presented a transfer request above League One table Rotherham United. The 28-year-old is from London and may have local ties to Charlton Athletic, having previously played in South London for Crystal Palace.

That’s a long time since it looks like Ladapo might have some interest in the Championship after performing admirably for the Millers as they were relegated from the second tier in 2020/21. It would be a declaration of intent to demonstrate the club’s ambition, if they managed to persuade Ladapo to sign.

About the author