Bradley Wright-Phillips has moved to Brentford on loan for the rest of the season. With the proposed move to Swindon falling through at the 11th hour, it was only a matter of time before a deal was done with somebody, and I'm not wholly surprised that Brentford are the club that will benefit.
BWP made no secret of the fact that his preferred strike partner during our promotion winning campaign, was Paul Hayes. With Hayes also playing for Brentford, Uwe Rosler must be hoping that the two of them will link up as successfully as the pair did for us during the first part of last season.
I'm actually disappointed that the club has opted to loan Bradley out. Although I realise he has found life in the Championship far more difficult than League One, I'm not totally convinced that he has been given enough of an opportunity. Of late, we have been struggling to find the back of the net with any regularity, and it has to be said, we have lost games as a direct result of this.
With Wright-Phillips gone, it limits our attacking options. Both Danny Haynes and Ricardo Fuller have had spells out with injury, and as much as we all love Yann, he is not the type of player that will be prolific enough to score us all the goals we need to ensure we consolidate in this league.
According to the stats, Bradley has made 21 appearances for the club this season (all competitions) with a return of just one goal, which I admit, doesn't make great reading. But, he has mostly been limited to cameo appearances, only being called upon very late in the game, often when there was little time to make an impact. I would like to have seen him get another chance to see if he can cut it in this division, but it seems we may never find out.
It's a distinct possibility that we have seen his last game in a Charlton shirt. Bradley's contract expires at the end of the season and it's likely that it will not be renewed. It is a shame, as he was instrumental last season and provided the lions share of the goals for us and it was great to have a striker that we expected to score, rather than hoped to score. Darren Bent was probably the last player that we had this kind of feeling with, and that seemed like an age ago.
I wish BWP all the luck in the world and I really think that his move to Brentford will not only be great for himself and for Brentford, I think that it might help bring out the best in Paul Hayes as well.
In other news, Paolo Di Canio has confirmed his resignation from Swindon Town. Clearly Paolo was upset at the sale of Matt Richie without his consent, and although it seemed that there was agreement reached with the Club's new owners, Paolo has decided it's time to move on.
I doubt we'll see him out of the game for too long. Paolo did an excellent job with Swindon getting them promoted on limited resources, but the real achievement has been that they have managed to keep pace with some of the best teams in League One this season. They are currently sitting in 6th position, though if they win their game in hand, they would be up to 2nd place. An amazing feat for a club on such a shoestring.
It have wondered if our owners would be interested in replacing Powell with Di Canio, and even if Paolo would consider such a position. I'm personally happy with the current setup, but the people behind our club have a certain unpredictability and nothing would surprise me. If they are looking to get rid of Powell, it might soften the blow with the fans to have someone come in that also is held in high regard.