Somewhere in deepest, darkest Belgium there's a grey-haired gentlemen staring thoughtfully and with some alarm at his computer screen.

Flickering back at him is the list of Charlton's first games of the season.

In a few seconds he'll be logging on to his Bank of Antwerp flexi-plus account and quickly transferring some funds to south-east London.

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That's the wish of Charlton fans.

And perhaps, just perhaps, it's true and owner Roland Duchatelet will see the Addicks' fixture list as a sign – one that says if this club attempts to bumble through another season in the Championship, it's going to be a frustrating and tedious year at best.

With incredulity, Charlton discovered their first five games are against the five favourites to win the coming campaign.

It starts with what bookies believe is the easier of those; west London spendthrifts Queen's Park Rangers, who will arrive at The Valley on August 8 with at least some of their pricey stars.

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Should Charlton sell Joe Gomez?

The unveiling on Wednesday, June 17, of that troubling line-up of ambitious sides makes next season seem scarily real.

Guy Luzon's side are nowhere near prepared.

In the centre of defence, for example, they only have the solitary figure of Andre Bikey, looking a little lost and giving a sorrowful wave to Joe Gomez as he sneaks out of the door.

Charlton's 18-year-old starlet is, it seems, heading to Liverpool. While he goes with all the best wishes of true Charlton fans, it will leave a gaping hole at the back from as Tal Ben Haim and Roger Johnson have also departed

Although there are still a couple of weeks to go until the transfer window opens, the Addicks are looking a bit like – how's this for an overreaction – Blackpool's shambolic squad last season.

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Of course, nothing could ever get that bad but there needs to be some intent and proactive murmurs from the Charlton management over the coming few days, especially if Gomez leaves.

Much may depend on how much Charlton earn from his transfer to Liverpool, with the £3.5million mentioned in the tabloids laughable.

At least twice that – plus a highly unlikely loan back – would be much appreciated.

How much of the fee Duchatelet pumps back into the club is anyone's guess, but Luzon's side need at least eight players, and quick.

Any hopes of keeping Gomez are fanciful at best and borderline insanity at worst.

So highly rated in the game, he's too good for the Championship, often head and shoulders above teammates and opposition last season.

The sale of Jordan Cousins, however, would be like a kick in the teeth. Yes, he was Charlton's player of the season but he's still got much to learn.

While the potential is there, it's difficult to see how a move could be anything but bad, especially for the player, who will be sat on an expensive bench for months to come much like Diego Poyet has done at West Ham over the last 11 months.

If those two go then you can bet Johann Gudmundsson will also be on his way, having previously announced his thinly-veiled threat to leave south London unless the club showed ambition.

Where would that leave the likes of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and forwards Igor Vetokele and Tony Watt – all ambitious characters?

So, Monsieur Duchatelet, sell Gomez if you must, but the others must stay. And send some funds over please. Preferably before QPR arrive.