'No spark, no flair, not much hope for Charlton' is the headline in today's Football League Paper written by Chris Dunlavy. Referring to the Millwall game, he states, 'If they play like that every week, they are going down. Even if they play a lot better, they are still going down. Take Yann Kermorgant out of the side and Charlton have no spark, no flair, no player who can pick a lock or leave a defender on his backside.
'That is not Powell's fault. This summer, seven players were released and only two procured, both on frees. The majority of the squad have contracts that expire within a year. Charlton, it seems, have a board either unwilling or incapable of financing Championship football.'
After referring to the reliance on youth development, Dunlavy comments, 'Charlton need quality, not potential. Without a striker and a playmaker, it is hard to see where goals are coming from. If Powell is allowed to get one or both in January, the Addicks should be OK. If not, a return to League One is inevitable.'
Yesterday we lacked three of our best players: Kermorgant, Solly and Jackson. The 'Powell out now' crowd have become more confident and vociferous, but different tactics or different combinations of players won't work if, collectively, the team is not up to Championship standard.