New Charlton Athletic boss Nigel Adkins will have plenty of decisions to make this summer, irrespective of which division the club finds itself in.
Currently, the Addicks have no fewer than nine first-team players out of contract at the end of the season, whilst four loan deals are also set to expire, including talisman Jayden Stockley.
The 27-year-old has impressed on loan from Championship outfit Preston North End, with five goals in only 11 starts, which is near enough a goal every other game for the League One playoff-chasers, as per Transfermarkt.
Stockley remains under contract at Deepdale until the summer of 2022, so the managerless Lilywhites have a decision to make on his future and given his form, there’s every chance he still has a future there instead.
If not, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another second-tier side take a punt on him either. Of course, there’s a chance Charlton are back in that very division come to the end of the campaign, but they shouldn’t worry about that too much just yet.
Adkins may well have a potential successor right under his nose in Josh Davison.
After a lucrative 22-goal spell at non-league Enfield Town, the young striker secured a trial at The Valley where he would go onto bag five times before the club secured his signature.
Speaking about the deal, academy manager Steve Avory said:
“He’s a centre-forward and by that I mean someone who plays right through the middle. He gives us something different to what we felt we had with our strikers. He shows up for the ball well, he holds up the ball well, he’ll get himself into goal scoring positions and he’s certainly proved that in the league games so far.”
“The one thing that impresses you with Josh straight away when you watch him train is his absolute 100% work ethic each and every day. He’s very very keen to succeed and you can see the desire in the way he trains,” added Avory.
This season, Davison has impressed in two loan spells away from the club, bagging five goals in 12 appearances for National League Premier outfit Woking before joining League Two promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers.
FGR director of football Rich Hughes added to his glowing endorsements, claiming: “He is an honest forward player with energy and power who shows a desire to compete and press from the front.”
Just like Stockley, the young U23 prospect stands at 6 foot 2 inches and has all the hallmarks of being a similar threat upfront and could be a genuine option for Adkins next season – less so if they are promoted but he’s certainly worth a punt if the Addicks remain in the third-tier.
Davison must be unleashed next season.