Who is Nathan Byrne?

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Charlton Athletic have successfully secured the services, and the signature of Nathan Byrne on a loan deal for the rest of the season. The incoming Wigan winger, is the fourth successful signing of the January transfer window for the Addicks.

Byrne is a right-wing-back (RWB) who can also play further up-field as a winger, and is known for his strong pace and ability to press forward. It seems that Robinson plans to play him as a winger, rather than a wing-back, but that option is available and offers Robinson additional flexibility.

The 24 year old has made a total of 186 appearances at a senior level. The new signing started his career at the North London side, Tottenham Hotspur, but experienced the challenge of senior level football for the first time back in 2011, on loan at Brentford.

Since then he has continued to develop at a range of EFL clubs including Bournemouth; Crawley Town; Swindon Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers before arriving at the DW stadium for the Latics.

His most notable performance was his time at Swindon Town, where he featured over 100 times for the Robins, and scored 11 goals. Byrne received recognition from the EFL for his excellent and impressive footballing performances back in the 2014/15 season – which contributed to Swindon securing a place in the play-off final – whereby he featured in the League One Team of the Year.

Karl Robinson was excited about the prospect of Byrne joining the Addicks for the remainder of the season, as Byrne is compatible with the manager’s ideal style of play. He had the following comments:

“I’m very happy to be able to add Nathan to our squad. When he was at Swindon, he was one of the best players in this league. He plays off the right and can also play as a 10. He can be phenomenal going forward, is very quick and will add energy to the squad.

“He’s one of the quickest wingers in the league. He gets to the byline, delivers crosses and we’ve got some really good strikers to capitalise on that.

“He’s an assister. We’ve brought in a top, top player at this level. I’m looking forward to working with him and hope we can get the rewards for his talent. Hopefully he finds a home here where he enjoys playing football.

“It’s a move that will support what we are trying to do – we haven’t got anyone of Nathan’s mould in our squad or U23s at the minute, which is why, when he became available, I wanted to bring him here.”

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The new signing has had his first interview with the club, and is looking forward to putting on a Red shirt, and playing for the Addicks.

“I’m delighted to get it done early on in the January transfer window and am looking forward to having, hopefully, a good four months of a lot of playing time.

“I want to be playing games, I wasn’t getting that at Wigan, and when Karl got in contact I was really excited about the possibility of coming here.

“I already know what type of Manager he is and how he likes to get his teams playing, having played against them seven or eight times before. I know what he is about and I’m looking forward to working under him and his staff.”

The new signing is keen to show his talent at The Valley on Saturday, at the South London derby against Millwall.

“Those are the games that all footballers want to play in.

“You want to play in big games and derbies and for that to be the first game makes this move even more exciting.

“I’m delighted to get the move sorted early in the transfer window and to sign on a Monday gives me a full week to prepare for, hopefully, some sort of involvement on Saturday.

“I want to be playing games, I wasn’t getting that at Wigan, and when Karl got in contact I was really excited about the possibility of coming here.

“I already know what type of Manager he is and how he likes to get his teams playing, having played against them seven or eight times before. I know what he is about and I’m looking forward to working under him and his staff.”

The early signs indicate that Nathan Byrne could be a high-impact signing of the January transfer window, and may have a major effect on Charlton securing a play-off spot by the end of the season. From the comments Robinson has made so far, the manager is planning on exploiting the agility and speed of Byrne in the position of a winger, in order to press forward and create chances for the strikers in the squad.

Despite the fact that Robinson mentioned the winger can slot into a number 10 role, it is most likely that his talents will be more recognisable on the wing, and as a result Charlton will still be looking for a number 10 to secure before the transfer window closes.


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