With just four weeks to go before the first of our pre season friendlies there are the beginnings of movement in the transfer market. All be it players leaving.
LePoint has been offloaded to a Side in Belguim for an undisclosed fee (putting a nominal amount back into the coffers) and I'm sure the money made and saved will go along with that of the glut of players already released to contribute to our overall playing staff budget.
Then there is the touted 3.5 - 6 million deal (depending on which paper you read) that will see Joe Gomez leave for Liverpool today. A shame we won't yet again see one of our own flourish in a Charlton shirt. We can only hope that as with Bowyer, Jenkinson and Shelvey the board use the money wisely to move the club forward on the pitch.
There must be a long term plan, other than standing still, what with the investment in the stadium improvements and new training ground, but quite how this is going to manifest itself with the playing staff I really have no idea.
We are plainly not going to do a Fulham, QPR, Cardiff or even Bournemouth and throw money away at it in the hope we go up. I expect more movement in of network players, however as shown with last seasons step up in quality, we will yet again see an improvement in the pedigree of players coming in. And also some slightly better none network players sought out and signed for fee's.
Of course the pessimist whispering in my ear may prove me wrong. We could see the likes of Vetokele, Gudmunnson and Wiggins cashed in on and network players who are out of favour shipped in to plug the gaps. (I hope that negative whispering voice is proved wrong and goes away soon).
In Luzon I think we have a pretty decent manager, and I fully expect him to prove that over the course of a full season. Providing Duchalets knee doesn't jerk and he is given that chance.
As always an interesting week ahead, I think that there are maybe two incoming deals done already, and announcements are being held off until Gomez is out the door to provide the supporters who haven't yet invested in season tickets a reason to do so and those that have some hope that they've not just wasted 400 hundred odd quid.