Wednesday, 4 March 2009

McLeod must stay

Izale McLeod has fallen out with Kenny Jackett and wants to return to the reserves at the Valley. The trouble is, Millwall have taken him on loan until the end of the season, so he's under contract and Charlton need to agree any premature return. The cause of the problem according to the South London Press is that Izale has had to be disciplined on a couple of ocasions already and is now bemoaning the fact that he has been getting subbed after 60 minutes and most recently after 45 minutes of games.

I sincerely hope the club takes a stance here and makes him sit it out. It sounds to me like he's been acting Charlie Large and, having failed to deliver on the pitch, is sulking at being treated like any other professional (sic). Kenny Jackett goes up another notch in my estimation and I only hope Phil Parkinson has the balls to put him firmly in his place. Darren Randolph created a similar scene when he was dropped at Hereford earlier in the season and we took him back, so maybe McLeod thinks he can do the same.

Mcleod hasn't had a good run in the Charlton side since we signed him but he's shown nothing to warrant one - one goal from 19 outings, albeit many as a sub is a poor retunr from a player we paid £1m for. This was a chance for him to drop down a division and show everyone what he could do. He's obviously struggled at Millwall and taking him back won't solve anything. We might have the weakest forward options in the Championship but they aren't strengthened by the addition of Izale McLeod. The sooner we cut our losses the better.

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