Who is Jake Forster-Caskey?

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As discussed and predicted, the central midfielder, Jake Forster-Caskey (JFC) has signed a 2.5 year deal from Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.

JFC becomes the second signing under Karl Robinson’s managerial tenure, and the second signing of the 2017 winter transfer window, after the Chelsea youngster, Jay Dasilva.

Karl Robinson had the following comments on the signing, “I am really pleased to sign Jake, he is a real talent who has shown his quality in the Championship and to be able to attract him to League One is a strong statement of intent and shows what a big club Charlton Athletic is.

“When I joined Charlton, I earmarked him as the type of player we’d need but I thought it would be difficult with him being on loan at Rotherham, to sign him on a permanent deal is fantastic for us.

“I had Jake at Milton Keynes last season and he did so well for me that we loaned him again in January. He’s a talent midfielder with a real quality who will add a lot to our team, I’m looking forward to seeing him at the Sparrows Lane training ground and working with him again.”

The Seagulls’ manager, Chris Hughton had the following comments about Jake, “There is no doubt Jake has a promising future in the game, but at this stage of his career he needs to be playing regular first-team football.

“With the form of our midfielders, we are not in a position to offer that, and opportunities at Rotherham United were also limited, so a move to Charlton represents a chance for Jake to play more regularly, under a manager he knows well.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to wish him all the very best for the future, and thank him for his efforts while here at the club.”

Forster-Caskey was Albion’s youngest-ever player, when Gus Poyet gave him his first-team debut aged 16 against Yeovil Town at Withdean in 2010; which came a week after he had to get permission from his head teacher to travel with the first team to MK Dons.

The new addition at Southeast London has been capped by England in every age group from U16 to U21. He has scored a total 13 goals in 132 appearances in his senior career.

Nicky Forster, the striker who played for the Addicks in 2010, who was part of the same squad as Chris Solly, is the step father of JFC.

More statistics, goals and performances can be seen in the video below.

The new signing had his first interview with the club, and can be watched below.

JFC will offer welcomed freshness and vitality in the middle, which has been non-existent in the first half of the season, and he could be a potential catalyst and performer, which could help the Addicks steal a play-off position come May. It was clear on Monday that Charlton are a strong attacking force, when a structured midfield is present, who can link up play, and JFC is a proven addition to that setup.

In the first half of the season, Jake was on loan at Rotherham United, but rarely played for The Millers, mainly taking a seat on the bench. From speaking with Millers on social media to understand their opinions of the midfielder, they were not too impressed, and mentioned that he often was lazy, could not press forward, and lacked determination.

However, Brighton fans had very different thoughts about Charlton’s new signing.

It would seem that JFC is a player in recent times who has lacked stability, and has not had a home to play football or build a strong footballing relationship in all aspects of the game. Furthermore, with Karl Robinson previously linking up with the player at MK Dons last season, he will be aware of the central midfielder’s talent, and will be looking forward to adding him into the squad. A stable career move to Charlton in the form of a permanent deal, with regular playing time, could be what Jake needs to perform exceptionally, and kickstart his career once again.

Lets get behind the new player, make sure he can hear the bellows of Valley Floyd Road, and hope he can perform in a Charlton shirt and make everyone proud.

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