One thing that greatly surprised me yet doesn't seem to have been mentioned as far as I can see, is the departure of promising youngsters like Leo Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Jordan Brown and most surprising of all, Oscar Borg, who I thought was regarded as the next wonderkid following Oxford. I'd read articles about how we had managed to convince him to stay despite his pusuit by Manchester United, yet now he's off to Villa with narry a whisper. And yet Westley is not only retained but registered on our senior squad list
Sadly Diego Poyet has gone too. I had such high hopes for him. I can't understand why Charlton haven't made an instant move to snap up the prodigal son, their former best player. Maybe they will but there seems a lot of bitterness and schadenfreude over his having left them for us and then failed. He seems a really grounded and decent young fellah though, I hope it works out for him. At least he relies on his own ability instead of getting by on who his father is.
While on the subject of Charlton, posters on here and other sources, notably Charlton fans, have been raving about their 18 year old striker Ademola Lookman, who a mate at work assures me is a prodigious talent who will soon have the big clubs fighting for his signature. If I were the owners I would approach Charlton with an offer to buy him outright now (or as soon as we can scrape togeher the dosh) for £5m with an immediate two-year free loan (i.e. wages only) back to Charlton.