5 players that must be on the Charlton Athletic transfer radar
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5 players that must be on the Charlton Athletic transfer radar

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Nathan Jones, manager of Charlton Athletic, is preparing to make big changes to his squad ahead of next season.

The Addicks’ manager, who took over in February, led the club to four victories, 10 draws, and two defeats while keeping them out of the League One relegation zone.

Jones told the club’s official X account that he plans to “change personnel” this summer, following a dismal season in which Charlton finished 16th in League One under three different managers.

Ahead of a critical transfer window in SE7, we look at five individuals who could help Charlton’s squad next season.

Brendan Wiredu

Charlton supporters will be familiar with the name Brendan Wiredu. The versatile 24-year-old progressed through the Sparrows Lane youth system before making his professional debut in a Carabao Cup match against MK Dons in 2018.

Wiredu had loan spells with Bromley and Colchester United but was unable to break into the main team, therefore he joined Colchester permanently in 2021. The teenager impressed at the U’s and moved to Fleetwood Town the following season.

Wiredu has had two excellent seasons with Fleetwood. He has been a fan favourite at Highbury and was chosen club captain in January.

Despite Wiredu signing a contract extension until 2026 at the start of the year, numerous League One clubs will certainly be interested in signing him following Fleetwood’s relegation to League Two.

Charlton is one of the League One clubs that could lure Wiredu away from the Fylde coast before the 2024/25 season. Wiredu finished fourth in tackles and second in interceptions per game in League One this season, demonstrating what he may provide to Charlton’s defensive lineup.

Idris El Mizouni

Idris El Mizouni has spent the previous two seasons on loan at Leyton Orient from Ipswich Town, helping the club gain promotion from League Two and finish in the middle of the League One table. The 23-year-old midfielder’s contract at Portman Road expires this summer, but the Tractor Boys have the option to extend it for another 12 months.

Charlton sorely need new midfielders for next season, especially given that captain George Dobson appears to be departing to join Hungarian club Fehérvár FC in the summer. El Mizouni, who has made senior international appearances for Tunisia, might be an excellent option.

El Mizouni is expected to be surplus to requirements at Ipswich next season, but they will almost certainly use the contract extension to safeguard his worth. Charlton may test the waters with a six-figure offer to get him to The Valley.

Ethan Chislett

Ethan Chislett is another player who has been relegated from League One despite having a successful season personally. This season, the Port Vale midfielder has scored twice against the Addicks, including a composed finish in his team’s 3-2 triumph at The Valley in August and a penalty in the 3-3 draw at Vale Park in January.

The 25-year-old, whose contract will expire in the summer of 2025, scored nine goals and seven assists in League One this season.

Charlton will be looking for an attack-minded player ahead of the new season. In January, the Addicks rejected an offer in excess of £500,000 for former Bristol Rovers midfielder Aaron Collins, who went on to join Bolton Wanderers, demonstrating that the owners are willing to spend high prices to bring in fresh players.

It remains to be seen whether they will bring Chislett to The Valley, but he could certainly provide something fresh to Charlton’s midfield.

Chris Conn-Clarke

Chris Conn-Clarke is another player who excels in the advanced midfield position. The 22-year-old presently plays for Altrincham in the National League.

Signing non-league players has proven to be an effective approach for League One clubs. Peterborough United sold Ephron Mason-Clark to Coventry City in a multi-million-pound deal in January, after signing him from Barnet for an unknown price in 2022.

Conn-Clarke has 22 goals and 6 assists in the National League this season. His contract is scheduled to expire this summer, with the midfielder looking to return to the EFL after making a handful of appearances for Fleetwood during the 2021/22 season.

While Conn-Clarke would not be a definite starter in the Valley, he would be a low-risk signing with potential for immediate and long-term success.

Sonny Bradley

It’s not surprising that Jones will bring in players he’s previously worked with, and Sonny Bradley is one of them. The 32-year-old defender made 45 appearances for Luton Town during their 2018/19 League One title-winning season, which Jones managed until his departure to Stoke City in January 2019.

After Jones returned to Luton in 2020, Bradley played for his team, which advanced to the Championship play-offs in 2022.

Bradley presently plays for Derby County, who were promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking. His contract will expire at the end of the 2024/25 season. He made just 19 Championship games during Luton’s promotion-winning campaign in 2022/23, so it will be intriguing to watch if Derby decide to sign new center defenders.

If the Rams do strengthen their defence, Bradley may be ready for a reunion with Jones at Charlton to try to win his third League One promotion.

 

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