Future of Charlton Athletic Midfielder Uncertain After Transfer U-Turn

Charlton Athletic’s Scott Fraser saw a proposed loan transfer to Scottish club Hearts fall through, leaving the midfielder’s future at the Valley in doubt. 

Fraser has been a bit-part player for the Addicks this season. The Scottish player has made just 16 League One appearances, with seven coming from the substitute bench.

In recent matches, Fraser has failed to make the Charlton bench. His last appearance came in the New Year’s Day 2-1 defeat to Oxford United, where he made a seven-minute substitute cameo.

Due to the 28-year-old’s lack of first-team playing time, a loan move to Scottish Premiership side Hearts was reportedly agreed before falling through, as reported by South London Press reporter Rich Cawley.

Fraser was an important squad member under previous manager Dean Holden. Last season, the midfielder was in particularly strong form, making 42 appearances and contributing a combined 14 goals and assists.

Charlton have been busy in the January transfer market, bringing in six players, including midfielders Conor Coventry, Tyreeq Bakinson and Lewis Fiorini. As a result, Fraser’s chances of securing a place in the matchday squad have declined.

Fraser’s recent omission from the first team comes during a difficult period for the Addicks. Charlton boss Michael Appleton is under increasing pressure following an 11-match winless run in all competitions.

The South London side have slipped to 16th in the Championship and sit seven points above the relegation places after taking just one point from their last six matches. Although Appleton’s time might be limited at the Valley, he insisted in his pre-Northampton press conference that he would not walk away from the job.

Writer’s View

Despite his move to Hearts falling through, Fraser will likely look for an alternative club to join in the transfer window. Ultimately, the midfielder will be unused at the Valley, unless there’s a major injury crisis.

Fraser certainly won’t be short on future offers though. The 28-year-old has the credentials to play in League One or a mid-table Scottish Premiership side so more suitors are likely to show some interest in a loan or transfer before the window closes.

 

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