Saturday 24 July 2021

Charlton to finish 3rd

Charlton will finish 3rd in League One this season, forecasts Four Four Two magazine.  They comment: 'Owner Thomas Sandgaard isn't alone in his promotion ambitions, but the Addicks can back it up.'

The fan file is written by VOTV editor Rick Everitt and he cautiously forecasts a top six finish.

The Rickster says: 'Last season was a real wasted opportunity, but probably as much as we could have expected given the long-awaited resolution of the club's ownership in late September.'

'The big talking point among fans is our squad's depth, and whether it will be strong enough to deliver the very bullish predictions of new owner Thomas Sandgaard.'

The Ramsgate-based supporter warns: 'I won't be happy unless Charlton are promoted.  League One has some very sizable clubs, whose fans will think the same, but we cannot afford to hang around at this level or the current positivity will dissipate.'

'Our most underrated player is Conor Washington.  He impressed me last season, and we missed him when he wasn't available.  Look out for centre back Charlie Barker, who in September made his debut at 17.  Didn't look out of place.   Our key player will be Jayden Stockley whose loan, now made permanent from Preston, proved better than his career record.'

'The best thing about matchday at Charlton is seeing the groups of home fans streaming down Floyd Road in the hour before kick off - whether or not they stop to buy Voice of the Valley.'

'The fans' opinion of the gaffer is that he defied expectations.  Nigel Adkins only arrived in March, but quickly made an impression.  He wasn't many supporters' first choice - maybe he should have been.'

Everitt issues a clarion call from his Isle of Thanet fastness: 'The one change I would make is that rebuilding support in Kent (and south-east London) is vastly more important and realistic for Charlton than looking overseas.   Other clubs' fans don't know that we've got more fans 60 miles away on the coast than in London, barring the south-east boroughs.'

'The ground I'm most looking forward to visiting is Morecambe's on a November Tuesday.  What's not to like?  We've never played them.'

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