Friday, August 28, 2009

Transfers Imminent?

With the news that Yado Mambo - Charlton's only true centre-back cover - has been allowed to join Welling on work-experience terms, could this be a sign that the Addicks are about to sign a centre-half?

Manager Phil Parkinson has acknowledged that 17-year-old Mambo is very short on experience, and that he needs more options in central defence, and one of his top priorities is to sign somoene who can cover Christian Dailly and Miguel Llera (both pictured left) should they get injured.

Currently, with Parky not keen to thrust Mambo into the first-team, the only other options are Kelly Youga, who can do a reasonable job in that position, and/or Jose Semedo, who originally came to the club as a centre back but who has now settled into a central midfield defensive role. If a new centre back is not signed in time for this weekend's match at Tranmere, and if Semedo fails to recover from a hamstring strain, then Youga is the only option open to Parky should he need to make a change at any time.

Mambo himself should get plenty of game time at Welling, and will relish the prospect of the physical side of the game often seen in the Conference. As he has joined on work-experience terms, he can also still play for Addicks reserve teams should that be required by the club.

The Mambo deal could also be a pre-cursor to a potential takeover announcement, as any significant transfer activity is probably dependant on a Boardroom re-shuffle, so hopefully we may get more news later today?

Up the Addicks!


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