Monday, 3 August 2015

Charlton to finish 16th

That is the forecast of Four Four Two magazine. A health warning is necessary, as their track record in the past has been mixed to say the least. There are also some signs of lazy journalism, signing up to a 'Roland is rubbish' narrative.

The report starts: 'Roll up, roll up for the Roland Duchatelet circus. Managers seem to be a disposable commodity in the Charlton owner's world. It is tempting to wonder what sort of ambition has for the club, especially now he has sold Standard Liege. Hugely promising youngster Joe Gomez was sold to Liverpool without much of a struggle, following fellow homegrown kids Carl Jenkinson and Diego Poyet out of the door.'

'Still, in the likes of Igor Vetokele as well as Jordan Cousins and Tony Watt there are some decent players on the Addicks' books around whom they can build. It just depends on whether Luzon will be allowed the appropriate time with these players to create anything of substance.'

'Luzon can represent a hyperactive child on the touchline, all Tigger-ish enthusiasm and wild gesticulations, but despite not arriving on the best of terms his standing gradually improved.'

Apparently, our penalties record was 100 per cent last season: all eight scored and two saved.

Fan Lee Jarvis says, 'This season will be different to last because we had a lot of hope last season but it didn't work out. Coaching stability will make it different. Keep an eye out for Jordan Cousins who keeps getting stronger.' Matt Wright tips Cousins as the next Charlton captain in an updated Voice of the Valley article here: Captain material.

Jarvis forecasts that we will finish in the top six. I think that somewhere between 6th and 16th is likely.

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