Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Target Man

Our pre-season campaign came to a disappointing end last night as an Addicks XI went down 2-1 to Carshalton Athletic. Full match report here.

As with the Bromley match, the team consisted mostly of promising youngsters but there were a couple of others who needed the game in order to get their fitness levels up, Cedric Evina and Mikel Alonso being most notable. Also in Charlton colours was Polish striker Grzegorz Rasiak.

Rasiak made his name in English football at Derby County. The Rams signed him on a free transfer when Charlton were enjoying life in the Premiership under Alan Curbishley. In his first season for County he managed to score 16 goals in 35 appearances, a decent return, and his performances caught the eye of a number of Premier League outfits though eventually it was Martin Jol at Tottenham who snapped him up.

Since, he has played for a number of English clubs including Southampton, Reading and Watford, and apart from Tottenham, where he made only 8 appearances, he has scored goals everywhere he has been. Obviously time has moved on a bit, and Rasiak is now 32, but I actually think that he might well be worth a punt. It's no secret that we are in the market for another striker, and Rasiak would definitely fit the mould for what we are looking for, more so than our other trialist and former player Jason Euell.

Rasiak is a target man. He can hold the ball up well, bring others into play and he doesn't do badly in front of goal himself. Bradley Wright-Phillips needs a partner with a different edge. Currently we have the two Pauls - Hayes and Benson, but I'm not convinced that either of them can perform the target man role well enough. Rasiak has played this part almost consistently throughout his career, and providing he still has the drive, I would prefer to see Rasiak over Euell.

Not that Euell is a bad player of course, but he is not a target man. In fact I actually thought some of his best performances for the Addicks came when utilised in an advanced midfield role. Clearly Chris Powell is in the best position to make these decisions as he is the one who will have seen the most of these players of late.

Of course, it may yet be the case that we sign someone totally different, but Powell has made no secret of the fact that he wants four strikers to compete in the forthcoming season, and with time ticking, he might have to make up his mind fairly quickly. Loan pickings might be a bit scant at this stage of the season as clubs will likely want to see how the first few months go before committing to any loan deals.

Whoever we bring in, I hope we bring them in for the right reasons and they fit the role that is required. I personally believe BWP will flourish with a partner that has the strength and the ability to feed the ball to him.

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