Jayden Stockley has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with Charlton, seemingly delivering a late snub to Portsmouth.
It seemed that the former Exeter City man was ready to put his Preston struggles behind him and join the Cowley revolution at Fratton Park, but today’s news confirms Pompey fan’s fears – they’ve missed out on another target. With striker Ellis Harrison looking likely to leave Pompey, they could have just one senior striker on their books soon. Obviously, that won’t be the case going into the season, but then again the Cowley brothers are known for not carrying many strikers.
During their time at Lincoln, where a Jayden Stockley goal helped deny them a place in the 2018play-off final, they were known for having only a couple of out-and-out strikers in their side. They had Matt Rhead, Ollie Palmer and Matt Green in 2017/18, no more, then Rhead, Green and John Akinde the following season, with Green leaving midway through. However, with Stockley snubbing the new Pompey bosses, they currently only have John Marquis and will have to turn their attention elsewhere.
Pompey fans have been reacting to the news that Stockley has chosen south London over the south coast, with a mixture of anger and acceptance. yes, he scored eight in his short stint at Charlton and he is a threat at League One level, but they have seen enough players who haven’t had their heart in the blue shirt to recognise a near miss. At least that is the view of a handful of fans, with this selection split as to whether his snub is a good thing or not.
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Relegation battle will be interesting next year but I’ll be too busy admiring that new steel work to care #Pompey
— Callum (@callum070501) June 15, 2021
Not too bothered about missing out on Stockley tbh #pompey
— charlie (@pfcchaz) June 15, 2021
A player that seemed to have been signed and sealed at #Pompey now signed for fellow League 1 rivals Charlton, could be a long summer ahead for the Cowleys after missing out on another transfer target. https://t.co/Kvaeejj77r
— Pepe Lacey (@pepe_lacey) June 15, 2021
FWIW, IMHO losing Stockley to Charlton should not be viewed merely as a lack of financial clout. It's not relative. He may be the Addicks' one key signing. Whereas #Pompey have to fund the salaries of more than 10 new signings so can't put all their financial eggs in one basket.
— Dave Bowers (@Bunkybowers) June 15, 2021
Seems likely that he has used #Pompey to talk up the offer from Charlton who he wanted to join all along
If so, he's done us a favour. A player who is so obviously in it for money + may lack the strength of character that's essential to play in front of fans, is not wanted.
— Kicked by Kellard (@KickedbyKellard) June 15, 2021
No surprise there then, it happens every year, Pompey seem to never sign a player they advertise as signing for us@ we always lose out to another club! 🤦♀️
— PFC (@MissPompey66) June 15, 2021
Ah well hope they enjoy having neck ache for 3 years
— StueyW1986 (@StueyW1986) June 15, 2021