A plethora of injuries have stopped Charlton from ever reaching their potential this season.
Fresh from promotion to the Championship, Lee Bowyer’s men came flying out of the traps in the early stages of the season. Lyle Taylor had found the back of the net five times in six matches as the Addicks sat in the playoff places.
However, with the new decade now upon us, they sit towards the bottom end of the table.
Taylor has missed 13 games this term and is now injured again. Josh Cullen has had spells out and Macauley Bonne is on the sidelines too.
Charlton’s injury crisis has been so bad that they’ve had to give places on the bench to academy players and on occasion, they’ve not even fulfilled a full 18-man matchday squad.
With that in mind, signings in most areas of the pitch would be beneficial but one of those promising young players has given them an excuse to put their cheque books away in January.
Against West Bromwich Albion last week, 20-year-old Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu was one of the most impressive performers.
Having been recalled from a loan spell with Colchester, the versatile youngster played in the middle of the park and didn’t look out place against Championship opposition.
Once wanted by Barcelona and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal when he was a teenager, he’s had a relatively unsuccessful temporary spell with Nottingham Forest this term.
Now 27, the former Tottenham youth product has played just three times under Sabri Lamouchi and it is thought that he might be recalled by Toulouse and then sent out again by the French outfit.
Since being pursued by some of the best clubs around Europe, his career has taken a turn for the worse and a failed return to England is fine evidence of that.
But Charlton now have a reason not to pursue him.
Sarpong-Wiredu was in fine form in the FA Cup and if he can replicate those types of performances on a regular basis, he can bolster Bowyer’s ranks significantly.
The midfielder was a huge physical presence last weekend. Via SofaScore, he won two aerial duels and six ground duels, surrendering just two fouls in the process.
He must now be given a regular chance at Charlton.