Opinion: Charlton boss Bowyer should make a loan move for Juan Castillo in January

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer recently admitted that the club would be in the hunt for a left-back in the January transfer window, and the Addicks boss should look no further than Chelsea youngster Juan Castillo.

What’s the situation?

Charlton are currently sitting in sixth place in League One and adding to the squad in January will surely give them a good shot at promotion. However, with the problems off the field, Bowyer may be limited to loan signings in the winter window to bulk up his squad.

The 41-year-old boss recently told the South London Press & Mercury: “It is too soon to say what sort of players we will want to bring in elsewhere but we need to try to get a left-back, 100 per cent.”

With Chelsea’s immense array of youth talent seemingly all available for a loan deal, Bowyer would be wise to target promising youngster Castillo in the winter window.

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Bowyer, who only took the managerial job at The Valley on a permanent basis this summer, said that the Addicks would not be looking overseas to fill the void at left-back, and Castillo would only have to make the short trip across London to join Charlton.

The 18-year-old left-back joined Chelsea’s academy on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 after leaving the well-respected Ajax youth system, meaning he has had one of the best football educations available.

Castillo is an attacking full-back who has scored one goal and provided an impressive five assists in 14 appearances for the Chelsea U23 side so far this season, but a loan move to Charlton would give him a chance to experience competitive first-team football for the first time.

So, Charlton fans, would you support a move for Castillo in January? Have your say by voting in the poll below.