‘Easily replaceable’, ‘Never kicked on’ – These Charlton fans react to club’s latest export

Macauley Bonne has secured a £2m switch across London, leaving Charlton Athletic for Queens Park Rangers.

The 24-year-old leaves the Addicks after making a £200,000 switch from Leyton Orient a little over a year ago. The Zimbabwe international scored 12 goals in 40 appearances for Lee Bowyer’s outfit, but couldn’t keep them in the Championship last season.

He is goalless in League One this campaign, but that hasn’t stopped the Hoops forking out what Bowyer called an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“QPR came in and made an offer that we couldn’t refuse,” said Bowyer. “He did well for us last season and got 11 goals but looking at the bigger picture, it is the right price and the right deal for us.

Bonne started out as a youth with both Ipswich Town and Norwich City, before moving to Colchester United and earning his first professional deal. He first appeared in League One as a 17-year-old and eventually made 84 appearances, scoring 15 times.

He enjoyed a loan spell with Lincoln City in their historic National League winning season but scored just once in seven games before picking up an injury. He later joined Woking on loan, failing to score in seven outings, before being released by Colchester.

He moved to recently-relegated Leyton Orient and was a revelation, bagging 49 goals in 103 appearances, earning him a move to The Valley in June 2019.

The switch sees Charlton turn a huge profit on the player and these fans are not entirely upset to see him move, given the size of the reward.


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