Former Championship Defender Training With Charlton Athletic

Former Coventry City right-back Fankaty Dabo has been training with League One outfit Charlton Athletic, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

Alan Nixon reported in mid-July on his exclusive Patreon that the defender had been offered a contract by the Addicks following his release from the Sky Blues at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

Football Insider further backed up this claim, revealing that the Chelsea academy graduate was in ‘advanced talks’ over a move to the Valley but no deal has come to fruition as of yet and the player remains a free agent.

However, Nixon has provided another update on the saga, stating that Dabo is currently training with Charlton, although details are yet to emerge on why the 27-year-old still has not signed a deal.

Dabo was instrumental to Coventry’s rise from League One to coming merely a penalty shootout away from a long-awaited return to the Premier League but the club allowed his contract to expire at the end of June.

It was the Southwark-born defender that missed the decisive spot-kick at Wembley, condemning Mark Robins’ side to another gruelling campaign of second-tier football.

Bolton Wanderers were also looking to sign Dabo earlier in the transfer window, according to the Bolton News, but no official bid was ever made.

Writer’s View

It seemed strange and rather harsh that Fankaty Dabo’s contract was allowed to run out at the end of the 2022/23 season. The fullback still played 27 times for Coventry last season and was influential in guiding the team to an unlikely promotion charge despite missing the final penalty spot against Luton Town.

Nonetheless, it would be a terrific bit of business for a League One side like Charlton Athletic to snap up a Championship-quality player on a free.

Given that Dabo is training with Dean Holden’s side, there is a likelihood that the two parties will come to an agreement over a playing contract.

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