Charlton manager Nigel Adkins is heading for disaster as a group of Championship clubs are circling around Chuks Aneke and Addicks fans would likely be fuming if a deal goes through.
According to TeamTalk, a number of Championship clubs have moved to make an offer for Aneke as he heads into the final few weeks of his contract. The report claims that Middlesbrough, Reading, QPR, Bristol City and Coventry have all spoken with his representatives as they battle it out to land his signature in the upcoming transfer window.
Clubs in Scotland and the MLS are also said to be keen, but Aneke would prefer a move to the Championship as he believes that it is his best pathway to playing in Premier League. Aneke is out of contract at the end of the month and has already rejected one offer from Charlton to extend his deal.
Charlton fans would likely be fuming if their club allowed Aneke to leave on a free transfer at the end of the month. Aneke finished the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer in League One, scoring 15 times in 38 appearances for Adkins’ side, despite only starting 11 times.
The 27-year-old was Charlton’s most consistent finisher, with the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the squad, highlighting his importance to the team and why losing him could be a disaster – especially on a free transfer.
Losing Aneke for free would be a bitter blow for Charlton as it would not allow them to recoup a free in order invest in a replacement. They would be letting go of their best forward without getting any money back to then go out and sign a player to replace his impact on the pitch.
This could leave Adkins with a huge hole to fill at the top end of the pitch and could hinder Charlton’s chances of mounting a promotion push next season as one of their main sources for goals is set to depart.
Last year, former Charlton manager Lee Bowyer heaped praise on Aneke. Bowyer outlined Aneke’s quality in the final third, as well as his physical attributes. He told NewsHopper:
“In possession, he does well, but there’s more to the game than that. If you play him in the ten role like we were looking to do, he bring something different. Chuks has that physical quality, but he’s also got quality in the final third. His weight of pass, his awareness is very good and he can score goals.”
The £5.4k-per-week attacker has proven his worth to Charlton on the pitch and lived up to Bowyers’ comments with his goals in League One for the Addicks.
He is deserving of a bumper contract to stay at the club, due to his goals and importance to the club, but it appears as though Adkins and Charlton are heading for disaster as Aneke is set for a Championship transfer.