A ridiculous detail has emerged on Charlton’s deadline day business, regarding the signing of Sam Lavelle from Morecambe.
According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, deadline day signing Sam Lavelle was told his move to Charlton was dead before it was revived later in the day.
The report claims that Lavelle was told to head home after travelling 200 miles to get to the club, with the Addicks deciding that they wanted to go in a different direction. However, Charlton changed their mind again hours later and eventually completed the deal for £200k.
Charlton fans will surely be frustrated by this ridiculous behind-the-scenes detail from the club’s deadline day business. The Addicks are currently 19th in the League One table after a disappointing start to the season and this piece of information is unlikely to give them any more faith that the board are handling matters correctly.
Nixon’s claim makes Charlton come across as unprepared and indecisive. We may never know exactly what made them perform the U-turn in the first place, although it seems to suggest that they felt there was a better player they could go and sign before the window closed.
If that is the case then it means that Charlton had to settle for a player lower down on their list of priorities, as they then went back to Lavelle after failing to secure the unnamed player.
Despite Nigel Adkins’ side’s poor start, his centre-backs have been some of the better performers. Akin Famewo (7.00) and Ryan Innis (6.78) both make the top five in the Charlton squad for WhoScored ratings out of all the players who featured in all five games.
Lavelle, meanwhile, averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.67 in his five League One appearances for Morecambe before the switch and averaged a score of 6.76 in 48 League Two outings last term. This suggests, on paper at least, that he will not come in and be an upgrade on what they already have available to them, as he has performed to a lower standard in the same division and in the league below.
Therefore, fans will not only be frustrated by the ridiculous nature of Charlton’s deadline day dealings with Lavelle, but potentially the signing of the 24-year-old in general.