It’s going to be a very big season for Charlton Athletic next year as they look to secure promotion to the Premier League.
They could still pull it off this season via the play-offs but for that to happen they need back-to-back wins in their last two games, as well as many other results going their way.
That will leave the club annoyingly just outside the top six, which will cause a harsh review of the playing staff this summer. Here are five players the club should be hanging onto.
Wagstaff is a right sided midfield player who can play centrally in the current side. He’s still young at 23-years-old which means he will get better and he’s one of the players currently out of contract this summer.
He’s not really had the run of matches in the first team this season, to be able to show what he’s really capable of as he’s made just eight appearances in the Championship with a single goal.
The French defender is also out of contract this summer, but he should earn himself a longer deal because he’s played well over 27 matches in the league this season, bagging two goals in the process.
He also has that ability any defence needs to create an imposing presence, which is intimidating to the opposition attack. He’s also still young at 24-years-old so he should get better with the more games he plays.
Another defender on the list the club have to keep just for his leadership ability alone. He has the ability to make sure the back four stays very disciplined and well drilled which is important for promotion hopes next season.
He’s racked up over 50 appearances for the club since signing in 2011 and at 31-years-old the experience he’s gained throughout his career is going to be very important in a young team.
Goals are important for any team chasing promotion, which is a reason that striker come winger Danny Haynes has to be retained. He’s made 20 league appearances this season, scoring seven goals in the process, which suggests he could be prolific with a longer run in the side.
His versatility is also going to be important should Charlton pick up injuries to other key attacking players.
Another very young player at just 19-years-old playing for his future. He’s a left sided midfield man who has plenty of potential and has looked very exciting at times this season.
Chris Powell seems to like using him as an impact player, so the challenge is down to him to prove he can be effective as a starter if he’s shown some faith and given a new contract by the club.
Who else should be on the list?
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