Andre Bikey has admitted Charlton’s small squad is feeling the effects of a sapping schedule in an interview with Richard Cawley of the South London Press.
Bikey is hoping that reinforcements are drafted in during the January transfer window. “We have got a lot of injuries and players with physical problems,” 'the Beast' told Cawley. “Some players are tired. I’ve already played 27 games and it’s difficult - we’ve got 22 games left. So it’s not easy.
“A new face always makes the squad better. It is not about being fit. Everyone needs a rest, some players play with a physical problem - Igor [Vetokele] is not 100 per cent okay, he has played with that. Igor is only an example. New faces can help us. A different type of player. We don’t have a target man - someone who is 6ft 5ins. Cardiff, Blackburn and other teams have it - we don’t. We need someone who can hold the ball.”
Bikey said: “There were some arguments in the dressing room - it has to happen. The manager has to understand. No-one is happy, we have to try and get a solution. We are in a bad run but there is still a long way to go. I’m not sure Ipswich and Bournemouth are already promoted. We have to keep fighting and try to be on top there.”