Charlton enjoyed Wembley joy yesterday, beating Sunderland in the dying seconds of their play-off final to return to League One, but they could be about to lose one of their key players to a rival second-tier club.
Football Insider reports that Jonny Williams is a target for Brentford, Swansea and Luton Town as his current contract with Lee Bowyer’s side comes to an end. He’s one of a number of their Wembley heroes out of contract this summer and his performance has alerted some of their rivals.
The 25-year-old was on Sunderland’s books last season, appearing in their Netflix documentary, but he was on hand this weekend to help down the Black Cats and send Lee Bowyer into the Championship in his first full season as a manager.
Football Insider’s source claims that Williams, who signed a six-month deal in January with the Addicks, is wanted at the Valley but could now become part of a tug-o-war with the other clubs as they all look to get ahead in a tough second-tier next season.
Williams came through the ranks at Crystal Palace and has earned 17 caps for Wales. He enjoyed loan spells with Ipswich, Nottingham Forest and MK Dons before joining Sunderland on a temporary basis last season.
This would be a big blow for Charlton. They’ve made their success by picking up other club’s cast-offs and loan players. Ben Purrington has been superb on loan from Rotherham, Williams excellent on a short-term deal and Krystian Bielik struggled at Arsenal but is instrumental in the rise as well.
They’ve got to keep their squad together as much as possible because, in my opinion, they’re only a player or two away from being a midtable Championship side.
With Bowyer at the helm, there’s something very inspiring about this Charlton team.