On deadline day of the winter transfer window, Charlton Athletic confirmed their fifth signing of the window. The highly-rated Arsenal youngster, Stephy Mavididi was confirmed as moving to The Valley until the end of the season. The temporary move to Charlton will be Stephy’s first professional move, with hope to improve for his parent club and prove that he is a strong asset in first team football in Sky Bet League One.
Mavididi has the ability to play out wide and as a lone striker. His physicality and strength are well-suited to the striker role within Robinson’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
The 18-year-old was prolific last season for the Gunners’ U21s, by netting a total of 18 goals in just 30 games. It is also worth mentioning that Stephy has performed in a U19 England shirt, it would be interesting to see whether or not our former starlet, Ademola Lookman, and the new signing have ever crossed paths and conversed. And if so, did that affect his decision to come to Charlton instead of Oldham Athletic, or MK Dons?
Last night on Twitter, I was speaking with a couple of MK Dons’ fans and they were telling me that Robinson has had an eye on Stephy for a while. The manager backed up his excitement and support for his new loan signing.
“They speak highly of him in the Arsenal youth set-up and he will give us something different to Lee Novak, Tony Watt and Josh Magennis. With Nicky going out on loan, we needed to get someone who can help us to stretch a game. Stephy is a real talent and I’m sure Charlton will be a real home for him in the short term.”
“Stephy is someone that I’ve seen a few times in the U23 Premier League and he has certainly got the key components to succeed in what I call ‘real’ football. He has the power, the game intelligence and this move is one that he has to grab with both hands”.
The fifth signing of the window had the following to say.
“I’m really excited. This is my first loan, it’s a big opportunity for me and a stepping stone in my career. It’s something I want to do and I’m looking forward to the experience.
“I was at the Millwall game a couple of weeks ago. The Valley is such a big stadium and what captured me the most was the fans and the atmosphere. It made me want to run out in front of them and play. I can’t wait to get started.”
A video and press interview between Stephy and Oliver Groom was released last by the club. Probably worth mentioning that he looks freezing, surely we could have got him a jacket!
There is evidence of some outrage of Nicky Ajose departing from The Valley to join Swindon on a loan deal until the Summer, with Stephy looking like his repalcement. However, in my personal opinion Ajose never consistently performed in a Charlton shirt, and did not offer anything on the pitch even when he did have the ball.
Despite your opinions in regards to the new signing and our overall transfer window business, now is the time more than ever to support the team and not the regime – the possibility of a sneaky playoff push is possible with some momentum and fight!