Charlton new boy Ronnie Schwartz looks to take out playing frustrations on League One defences

BY RICHARD CAWLEY
richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Ronnie Schwartz wants to take out his frustrations on League One defences – with the Charlton Athletic new boy opening up over being frozen out at FC Midtjylland.

The 31-year-old Danish striker joined the Addicks on Monday to become their first capture of the January transfer window.

Schwartz was the top scorer in the Superligaen last season – netting 14 times in 25 matches – as FC Midtjylland won the title

But the frontman has not played a single minute of competitive football in the current campaign.

Charlton resurrected their deal for Schwartz after seeing it fail to complete at the end of the previous window.

Asked about the Wolves excluding him, the former U21 international said: “It’s a little strange. We went on holiday and when I came back I was immediately put on the side.

“I was the top scorer, so I was feeling maybe this is my season to get a good contract outside of Denmark. I was also really going to go and make that happen.

“But from the first moment I could tell they didn’t want to play me. I was not even in the squad for the training games.

“I was thinking ‘okay, this is not a good situation’. In the end you need to play games if you want to show yourself. I know I’ve scored goals in the previous season, but you still need to get in the team.

“A lot of clubs and my friends were thinking ‘what is going on?’

“I was supposed to go in and score some goals in the first six months I was there and hopefully we could do a good deal in the summer – I did my part with scoring goals.

“The only thing I’ve been told is they just wanted to use other players. It’s been a long six months without playing. That’s why I’m extremely happy to be joining Charlton.

“I have a lot of frustration about not playing for the last couple of months – hopefully that is going to be shown on the pitch.

“It’s mentally been a tough time -going from top-scorer in the league to not playing. Now I’m even more prepared and hungry to play the games – hopefully to be a success for the team and to be part of a promotion for the club, which is the ultimate goal.”

Schwartz, whose Charlton contract runs until the summer of 2023, has not played a competitive game since the end of July.

He has been prolific at Silkeborg – 40 goals in 50 appearances – and netted 40 times in 88 outings for Randers.

Asked about a scoring target for the remainder of this season, he replied: “It’s difficult to say. I haven’t played in this league. The most important thing is that we win a lot of games. Hopefully I score a lot of goals. I haven’t set a number.

“I want us to start a good run on Friday. It’s important to stay high in the league.

“I will do my best to score a lot of goals. That’s one thing the Charlton fans can be assured of – I’ll give everything on the pitch.”

 


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