More new recruits over the past week sees the Charlton squad beginning to take shape, Martin Adkins gives his view on how the Addicks are shaping up ahead of the 2015/16 season…

It’s safe to say that the Addicks have had an eventful transfer window. Guy Luzon has been a busy man and recruited some very good signings that look strong on paper.

In my previous article I highlighted how Luzon has completely changed the look of the squad with the emphasis on the physical size of the new recruits.  Luzon clearly felt we lacked a physical element to the squad last season and he has certainly addressed that issue with the captures of Simon Makienok, Patrick Bauer and Naby Sarr who will all add that element to the squad.

Along with that he’s strengthened the midfield considerably with the captures of ex Barcelona and Spurs youngster Christian Ceballos, Ahmed Kashi from Metz along with early signing of El-Hadji Ba, and not forgetting Zacaria Bergdich from Real Valladolid to bolster the defensive ranks too.

Having watched the West Ham friendly Patrick Bauer was the most impressive of the new signings on show that day in my opinion. He marshaled the defence really well and played a big part in keeping a clean sheet against a decent West Ham forward line with Enner Valencia and Diafro Sakho.

With the squad now taking shape and looking mightily impressive – especially down the spine of the team, there could be exciting times ahead for Charlton fans. But we must give the squad some time to gel and not get too despondent if it doesn’t all click at first.  The Championship has proved in the last few seasons to be a very competitive league and the 46 game season is one which always provides twists and turns.

Let’s start by filling The Valley on August 8th – QPR have sold out their allocation, so we must really get behind the team and show the new signings we’re all behind them and the rest of the squad in our quest to get back to the Premier League.

Come On You Reds

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