The solitary point against the Championship’s whipping boys on Saturday left Guy Luzon a frustrated figure.
He bitterly accused Rotherham of time-wasting and “only wanting a maximum of a point”.
Few would disagree, but it could have been worse than 1-1 had Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope not made two spectacular saves in the second half among the visitor’ few forays forward.
So the gruff Luzon was afterwards keen to throw a little cheer the fans’ way and did so by revealing the club is on the verge of completing a loan deal for an attacking midfielder from a Premier League side.
The unnamed star should be added to the ranks this week. Whoever, it is, it’s needed.
It’s almost inconceivable for the arrival not to be a wideman because Charlton’s left-wing problem is as apparent as the one looming for the Labour Party.
But rather than being a curmudgeon throw-back to the 1980s, Charlton’s Corbyn is a huge hole in their side after failing to snap up James Henry from Wolves on transfer deadline day.
Summer signings Zakarya Bergdich and Cristian Ceballos have looked nothing more than stopgaps when utilised there, while Jordan Cousins doesn’t want to play on the left and, with his effectiveness in the centre, almost everyone would prefer him to be elsewhere.
After starting there against Rotherham, Cousins made constant runs into the middle with teammates taking it turn for cameos in the unwanted position.
With giant striker Simon Makienok always looking like causing chaos in the box – as proved on Saturday with his excellent assist to Patrick Bauer – Charlton need to improve the quality of that final ball to complement the potent attacking threat.
A skilful wideman would take the pressure for quality crosses off Johann Gudmundsson on the right who looked tired after his midweek European adventures (and celebrations) with Iceland, and left-back Morgan Fox who was isolated and unsupported for most of the match.
If the signing does get tied up this week – negotiations are continuing says Luzon – then praise must go to the club considering Reading just paid £2.5million to borrow Matej Vydra for a year.
Ridiculous money is being thrown around the Championship in search of attacking players, with Sheffield Wednesday also splashing millions on Fernando Forestieri.
It stinks of desperation.
Which gives more room for optimism as the left-wing solution could see the completion of the Charlton jigsaw. The side seem to have class and options now, particularly up front where just a few weeks ago there were concerns.
As well as Makienok, Tony Watt is continuing to prove a nightmare for defences, while Igor Vetokele got more much-needed minutes under his belt in an encouraging display on Saturday.
Reza Ghoochannejhad is soon back from injury and looking hungry in early season cameos while prodigy Karlan Ahearne-Grant is maturing in every appearance.
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And in midfield and defence, Luzon’s team are a match for anyone in this division.
One signing could make all the difference. Let’s hope the Premier League star is the man to help see off the likes of Rotherham, who Charlton have now failed to beat on the last eight meetings.
New signing or not, Tuesday night marks the return of Chris Powell’s Huddersfield and, while the Addicks legend will be warmly received by the home crowd, he can expect no charity in SE7.
Second from bottom and winless, Powell’s side are desperate for the points and can’t settle for a draw.
It marks the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways for Luzon’s men.