Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Zheng Zhi for Baggies
The 'wild man of China' when he first joined the Addicks
A flurry of reports has confirmed the interest of Black Country yo-yo club West Bromwich Albion in signing Zheng Zhi on a free transfer at the end of the season. There is no way that the Chinese captain could feature in Charlton's League 1 plans and we cannot get any money for him so it is best to get him off the books as soon as possible.
The Baggies are probably a suitable destination for him as Zheng Zhi is a top quality Championship player, but not quite good enough for the Premiership, which about sums up the recent record of the Baggies. Better than being a side heading for League 1, of course.
Zheng Zhi simply played too much football, creating injury problems which severely limited his availability for us. He showed at Wolves the contibution he can make. 'What if?' questions are always unanswerable, but I wonder if we might still have had a fighting chance of avoiding relegation if he had been available all season. It's all questionable whether we made as much commercially of him as we might have done.