30-year old midfielder Christophe Lepoint is the latest recruit to London's Belgian club. AA Gent have agreed the transfer and he is even now believed to be on the way to the Gare du Nord to catch Eurostar: Christophe chooses the Addicks
Lepoint did appear in the Belgian national team in 2010 and scored a goal. However, in 2011 he suffered serious injuries in a car accident. He fell asleep in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a team mate whom, it was alleged, had been drinking alcohol.
A Gent supporter has commented on Twitter, 'It saddens me to see him go. He never stops working, he never backs down and he is as strong as an ox.'
Further comments from the Gent fan: 'His good points are: he works hard, is a team player, great mentality, lots of experience, rather good with the head, is box-to-box, a good bloke that you can rely on. Weaker points: speed (especially in the first metres) and technical skills (really modest). He couldn't reach the necessary level for Belgian top football anymore because of his weak points, that is why he had to leave.'
'The fans really liked the guy and his personality, but his speed and skills had become insufficient, especially in games against Anderlecht, Bruges... he is the physical, hard working kind of player midfield most of the time, but also useful in the heart of the defence if necessary, useful, but don't expect great skills... Better than Buyens? No - physically tougher, technically weaker. Lepoint had never been the same as he was before his car accident.'
'Luzon will know him very well of course. Lepoint should be OK for the level of the Championship, I guess. In his better years: more attacking, he used to score quite a lot as a midfielder. In his latter years: more useful in defence (lacks the speed and skills for the attack) - I would put him as a central defender actually, because of his experience. Don't give him the ball too much [!].'
Unconfirmed reports are circulating on the internet that Callum Harriott could be loaned out to Portsmouth. According to the Sparrows Lane tea lady, this would be part of a deal to sign leading goal scorer Jed Wallace, but at present this report has to be treated as highly speculative.