On Friday, January the 6th, Charlton Athletic announced that the 20 year old full-back, Lewis Page had been signed from West Ham, on a permanent 2.5 year deal until 2019, for an undisclosed fee. Moments later Charlton released another statement, which confirmed many suspicions, that Morgan Fox had signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal, rumoured to be around £700,000. Karl Robinson ensured that he had lined up a replacement for the departing left-back, before allowing Fox to head to Sheffield.
The young full-back spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Coventry City, but returned to West Ham, so he could make a move to The Valley.
Page is a graduate from the West Ham academy. He joined West Ham at the age of 13, and went on to make his U18 debut in 2012, making 19 appearances over the course of the season.
As a second year scholar, Page deputised for the Development Squad in the 2013/14 season, as well as continuing to prove a key player for the U18s, scoring twice in 17 appearances. In the summer of 2014, the 20 year old, was nominated for the Dylan Tombides Academy Player of the Year award, and received a professional contract from the Irons.
The full-back debuted for the Irons’ first team back in the summer of 2016, for a Europa League qualification fixture against Lusitanos, which they won 3-0. His positive form was well noticed, which earned him a loan deal at the Sky Blues at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.
Karl Robinson had the following to say about his third signing of the transfer window, “We’re very pleased to bring Lewis. I got a chance to see him during his loan spell at Coventry and he’s a left back that fits in well with our system. He’s quick, likes to get forward and is a good crosser, I really like that in a full-back.
“We’re building a squad here to get into that top six and Lewis will be an important part of what we are trying to do.”
Lewis Page had the following comments about his move to The Valley, “I’m delighted to be here. I know how big the club is, and I know we are pushing for promotion and trying to get up there – I’d like to be a part of that.
“I like the manager, I think he’s good with young players, and I just can’t wait to get started.”
From speaking with Coventry City fans, they were not too impressed with Page and what he had shown in the first half of the season. However, the West Ham fans had very different thoughts, and believed that his move to Charlton will benefit both the Addicks and Page’s career.
Page is a welcomed addition under Karl Robinson’s new attacking system, the manager is attempting to build, the new signing will be instructed to press up the wing, and deliver strong crosses into the box, for the likes of Tony Watt and Josh Magennis to fire home, as well as the standard defensive duties he is responsible for. He will be replacing the controversial Morgan Fox, who split opinion within the fan base, but I am hoping with Page now at The Valley, and Fox departing, the fans will now be able to unite behind Page, and bellow out the lyrics of Valley Floyd Road as the 12th man!