August

Cristian CEBALLOS PRIETO Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Cristian Ceballos who made his 1st team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Cristian CEBALLOS PRIETO

Squad Number: 10

Valiant Number: 803

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 8th August 2015

Opposition: Queens Park Rangers

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: 89th minute replacement for Gudmundsson.

Position: Left Midfield

Score at introduction: 2-0

Score at end: 2-0 

Impact: Not really time to judge.

Date of Birth: 3rd December 1992

Place of Birth: Santander, Spain

Age at Debut: 22 years, 248 days.

Previous Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0), Arouca [Portugal] [loan] 19 (1).

Development: Was at Barcellona from U12 level. Known for his work rate and technical ability.

Charlton Status: Signed for 3 years. Terms undisclosed.

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Zakarya BERGDICH Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Zakarya Bergdich who made is 1st team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Zakarya BERGDICH
Squad Number: 19
Valiant Number: 802
Manager: Guy Luzon
Date: Saturday 8th August 2015
Opposition: Queens Park Rangers
Ground: The Valley
Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)
Timing: 76th minute replacement for Ba.
Position: Left Midfield
Score at introduction: 2-0
Score at end: 2-0
Impact: Looked OK; pretty fast running down the flank, but the game was won by the time he came on.
Date of Birth: 07/01/1989
Place of Birth: Compiègne, France
Age at Debut: 26 years, 213 days.
Previous Clubs: UJA Alfortville [France] 31 (1), RC Lens [France] 56 (2), Valladolid [Spain] 39 (5), Genoa [Italy] [loan] 11 (0).
Development: As a youth, played for US Créteil-Lusitanos and RC Strasbourg Alsace
Internationals: Morocco U23 11 (0), Morocco Full 17 (0).
Charlton Status: Signed for 4 years. Terms undisclosed.

SIMON MAKIENOK DEBUT V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Congratulations to Simon Makienok who made his first team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Simon MAKIENOK

Squad Number: 9

Valiant Number: 801

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 8th August 2015

Opposition: Queens Park Rangers

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: Played full match

Position: Central Forward

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at end: 2-0 

Impact: Slow to get into the game but seemed to come alive in the second half when partnered by Tony Watt. Won many headers both attacking and defending and was difficult for the QPR players to deal with.

New Record: At 2.01m Simon is now Charlton’s tallest ever player.

Date of Birth: 21st November 1990

Place of Birth: Næstved, Denmark

Age at Debut: 24 years, 260 days.

Previous Clubs: Herfølge Boldklub 4 (0), HB Køge 54 (22), Brøndby IF 74 (35), Palermo 4 (0).

Development: Played youth football for Næstved Boldklub.

Internationals: Denmark U19 8 (1), Denmark U20 3 (0), Denmark U21 13 (2), Denmark Full 6 (0)

Charlton Status: 1 year loan from Palermo.

Have Charlton Turned A Corner?

Having scored nine goals and taken nine points from the last four games, it is suddenly feeling good to be a Charlton fan again. After a dreadful January that saw us score just one goal and earn two points, the team seems rejuvenated.  The incoming players have fitted in very well and Guy Luzon seems to have the whole team playing with considerable confidence.  So how did February as a month compare to the other months so far in Charlton’s league season?

February was certainly the most polarised month so far.  During Bob Peeters reign, a massive 52% of all games ended in draws. In February there wasn’t one.  The three wins of February are the most in any month this season, but then so are the three defeats.  In terms of points per game (PPG) the healthy 1.5 of February is the third best so far this season.  It’s not as good as those optimistic days at the beginning of the season with our 11 match unbeaten run, but it is head and shoulders above the dark days of winter when we only just scraped half a point per game.  It is particularly pleasing that the club’s league position has risen from 18th to 12th over the course of the month.

It is perhaps to early to say if the corner has been turned yet, but both the performances and the results have been the best for quite a while.  If a similar level performance continued throughout March we might reasonably expect to take around 8 points.  That would bring us up to the 50 point mark and probable Championship safety.

Screenshot 2015-03-01 01.44.17In the table above, Charlton’s monthly performances are ranked by Points Per Game and then Goal Difference.