A major update has emerged regarding the future of one of Charlton’s transfer targets; central midfielder Andy Cannon.
Championship side Hull City have officially confirmed the signing of Andy Cannon on a free transfer. The 25-year-old will leave Portsmouth as a free agent at the end of the month and then join Hull on a two-year deal, with the option to extend it by a further 12 months.
The Telegraph reported last month that Charlton and Hull were battling it out to land Cannon’s signature. Hull have now won the race and Charlton will need to look elsewhere in the market to bolster their midfield ranks ahead of next season.
Hull manager Grant McCann has offered his thoughts on the midfielder upon his arrival at the KCOM. McCann has labelled Cannon as an “all-action” midfielder, praising his winning mentality and character off the pitch. He told Hull’s official website:
“Andy is an all-action midfielder who likes to get on the ball and make things happen.
“We like the energy and aggression that he will bring and we’re looking forward to seeing him compete with the likes of Greg Docherty, George Honeyman and Richie Smallwood.
“He is a really good character with a strong winning mentality, and he will fit the dynamics of our changing room nicely whilst also being eager to continue to learn and develop as a player. There was a lot of competition for Andy’s signature so we’re delighted that he has chosen to come here and we can’t wait to work with him.”
Charlton manager Nigel Adkins will be gutted by this news as he has just missed out on what could have been a terrific addition to his squad. Adkins’ midfield is in an intriguing position for a variety of reasons. For starters, Ben Watson, 35, and Darren Pratley, 36, both played in excess of 25 League One games in central midfield for Charlton last season, suggesting that an overhaul is needed in that area.
Jake Forster-Caskey was exceptional for the club in midfield last term, with an average WhoScored rating of 7.19 across 34 League One appearances. He provided six goals and two assists from the middle of the park, establishing himself as one of Adkins’ key players. However, he is out of contract at the end of the month and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be extending his stay at The Valley.
This emphasises the need for Charlton to bring in a central midfielder and highlights why missing out on Cannon is a major blow for Adkins and why he will be gutted.
The £1.5k-per-week beast, Cannon, averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.83 in central midfield for Portsmouth in League One, showing that he is a solid performer at this level. He also has room to improve at the age of 25, which means he could have been the long-term successor to the ageing Watson.