Michael Appleton now gives honest admission of Charlton Athletic promotion chance

Michael Appleton believes Charlton Athletic’s transfer window needs to be “a million times better” if the club is to become a serious League One promotion contender.

The Addicks manager has emphasized the importance of the January transfer period for the South Londoners, who need to close the gap on the top six.

After a 2-2 draw with Cambridge City on Saturday, Charlton sit tenth in the table.



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And their prospects aren’t helped by a dearth of fit and available frontmen, with Miles Leaburn not anticipated back this season and Chuks Aneke out until the new year.

Alfie May netted his 19th goal this season, initiating the scoring against the U’s.

When questioned about the significance of the former Cheltenham Town forward in a potential promotion push, Appleton redirected the focus to the transfer window.

“His role will be crucial,” stated head coach Appleton. “However, in fairness to all available players, whether fit or unavailable currently, it would be unwise of me to overlook the enormous impact the transfer windows will have if we aim to advance from this league – whether it’s this season, the next, or even later.”

“It’s vital to acknowledge that the upcoming transfer windows must significantly improve compared to the previous ones,” he emphasized.

“It’s challenging to pinpoint the exact number of signings required,” Appleton added. “But it’s safe to say it won’t be just one or two – definitely more than that.”

“There should be several, or I anticipate even more, new recruits coming in,” he continued.

“To be clear, if we aspire to contend at the league’s summit, this overhaul is imperative. Otherwise, we risk remaining in the same position as the past few seasons, settling as a mid-table team – a scenario I’m determined to avoid. I haven’t taken up this role for that purpose, and I’m confident others share this ambition.”

“Hopefully, January will bring excitement for Charlton fans. We’ve pinpointed several players whom we believe can contribute significantly beyond the start of the new year. Off the field and behind the scenes, it’s our responsibility, including myself, Andy, and the recruitment team, to ensure we’re fully engaged, proactive, and assertive in our pursuit.

“Moreover, I aim to maintain respect for the players I currently have for the upcoming five or six games. They’re the ones who will hopefully ensure we’re positioned to progress further. Presently, they hold the starting positions, and there’s value in instilling confidence by affirming their roles until someone else steps up.

“We’ve seen a few individuals who’ve entered the team and performed admirably. It’s now their challenge to retain their positions.”

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