Saturday 29 August 2015

Winger the last signing?

Charlton declared an interest in James Henry nearly six weeks ago. The attacking wide man was apparently out-of-favour at Molineux and a deal look very likely. However, Kenny jacket played Henry in a couple of friendlies and was soon keen to tell fans that the door was still open for his former Millwall player. Indeed, Henry has featured for Wolves this season picking up a couple of yellow cards and a goal in recent weeks. In spite of that, speculation remains that Henry could be on his way to the Valley.

With the transfer window closing, Charlton have been dallying with Jermaine Pennant as a possible replacement and he has been about to sign for most of this week. Henry fits the Charlton bill whereas Pennant doesn't. Henry has youth on his side whereas Pennant doesn't. Henry comes with a clean nose, whereas Pennant doesn't. Henry should be affordable whereas I would be very surprised if Pennant was.

Yesterday, Callum Harriott was allowed to join Colchester United on a season-long loan signalling the expectant arrival of a player deemed to offer more, presumably Henry or Pennant. With the Addicks at Wolves today, it could be telling if Henry plays against us, or not. 

A product of our youth system, Harriott has had 76 chances and, to my mind, only taken a handful of them. Bar a purple patch towards the end of the 2013-14 season when I think he netted five of his nine goals for us in two or three games, he has ultimately been a disappointment. Blessed with plenty of pace, he was also encumbered with a footballing brain that wasn't as fast. He never seemed to be aware of red shirts around him and lost possession far too often. He will make a living in the lower leagues and I hope he can settle in at Colchester and earn himself a permanent move. 

The question remains, will it be Henry or Pennant, or could we get a curve-ball with someone else?

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