Friday, June 29, 2007
Daz turns to Lilywhites
I was inevitable really, even though Peter Varney suggested that Darren Bent may still be with the Addicks come the start of the new Championship season, Dazza is now a Spurs player.
We did get most of what we wanted as a transfer fee, but not quite the £17million that West Ham were willing to pay. The deal is £15.5m down, with another £1m in add-on fees (probably goal or appearance related).
We had two seasons worth out of the former Ipswich player, and two great seasons it was (for him) that he wore the Charlton number 10 shirt. Off the mark with two goals on his debut at The Stadium Of Light, he hit 22 goals in his first year with the Addicks. Last season, the relegation year, he was not so prolific, but even though hit by a serious knee injury that ruled him out between December and February, he still ended up the second highest scoring English forward in the league, with 13 goals.
I will always have a soft spot for Dazza. he always tried his best; led by example; urged on his team-mates; and did the club proud at every opportunity.
I wish him good luck at White Hart Lane, and hope that his future includes a permanent place in the England set up, where he belongs.
Hopefully, his trasfer fee will go some way to putting the club back on an even keel financially.
It's not all bad news though, as Bryan Hughes also left the club today, on a free transfer to Hull City.