Former Charlton coach Damian Matthew fears for the club's future. He told the Evening Standard: 'You need experience in the ranks. Two or three of the signings over the summer were excellent. They were players who could come in and affect the game straight away.'
'With some of the other players, you could see the potential but that was all it was. We had a lot of success in bringing young players through the system but when you have players like that you need to make sure the squad is boosted by experienced players who know the Championship.'
After nine years at The Valley, Matthew is now working for Celtic, identifying young London talent for the Scottish champions.