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Charlton have joined the scramble for Richie Smallwood

Charlton Athletic are showing an interest in signing Blackburn Rovers midfielder Richie Smallwood, as reported by TEAMtalk.

What’s the story?

The 29-year-old has been told by Blackburn that he is allowed to leave Ewood Park this January, having not made a single league appearance this campaign.

He may have been limited to two Carabao Cup games this term, but there is still plenty of interest in the midfielder who has played 201 Championship games throughout his career, scoring six goals and adding nine assists.

Charlton are joined by Wigan Athletic, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town, Sunderland and Bradford City in their interest – there is no indication of who is the frontrunner for his signature within the report.

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Much-needed experience

When looking at Smallwood’s lack of games this season, it does give a worrying indication that he may need some time to shake off the rust that will have inevitably developed during his time out of the squad.

However, there is one key aspect he can bring to Charlton that they could definitely use more of, which is experience.

The Addicks have used plenty of youth this campaign: Conor Gallagher made 25 league appearances before being sent to Swansea City, Alfie Doughty has 12, Albie Morgan has 12 and Josh Davison has seven – with none of these players being above the age of 20.

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Having somebody come in who has such vast experience of playing in the Championship can definitely be seen as a positive, whether that is due to the influence that can have on the pitch or what can be taught to the club’s younger players.

The current predicament Lee Bowyer’s side faces can make that even more important when it is considered that they are just two places and six points above the relegation zone.

Smallwood’s lack of minutes this season does make the move a risk in the short-term, but it could turn out to be a useful one if completed.

Meanwhile, Charlton have had a lucky escape after Steve Gallen’s blunder

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