Lee Bowyer has hinted at a change of transfer strategy for Charlton Athletic, as reported by London News Online.
The Addicks have not necessarily pushed the boat out in the transfer window, with £200,000 for Macauley Bonne being the only fee they have paid for a player since getting promotion to the Championship.
There have also been plenty of incidents where they left their transfer business until the end of the window, with January being a perfect example of that, as three of their four acquisitions came in on deadline day.
However, Bowyer has suggested that could now be about to change: “Going on past seasons we haven’t really done too much in the summer – it’s always been towards the end [of the window that deals got done].
“We’ll know before the end of the season what’s going on – we will have plans for if we’re in the Championship or in League One.
“We did the same last year, we had different targets for each division. We’ll be on top of it. We start planning now – putting names on the board and trying to line some stuff up.”
This will definitely be encouraging for Bowyer and everyone at the club, as it allows them to be more concentrated in their approach, rather than reacting to what else has been happening during the window.
There is also the factor of spending money, which Bowyer hopes will happen with greater regularity: “I hope so. That’s what we need.
“If we want to be competitive in this division, which is what I want to be, then we need to spend money – we have to.”
The team currently sit five points above the relegation zone ahead of their six-pointer with Luton Town on Saturday, so if they win that game there could be a good chance for them to stay above the dropzone.
Considering the injury issues they have had this season, if they are able to survive and build during the summer then this could be an exciting time for Charlton.