Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer wants to keep Naby Sarr and reveals contract negotiations underway with Dillon Phillips and Alfie Doughty


Naby Sarr is set to get a contract offer from Charlton Athletic – with manager Lee Bowyer confirming he wants the French defender to stay in SE7.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the start of July and is the top earner at the Championship side – one of Roland Duchatelet’s most expensive outlays during his ownership.

Sarr provided the assist for Lyle Taylor’s winner at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night – breaking down the left flank and crossing for the striker to volley emphatically home.

Both men are due to be free agents this summer.

Bowyer has also revealed that there are other factors which could persuade Taylor – the quickest to reach 30 league goals for the Addicks since Arthur Horsfield in the 1972-73 season – to commit.

Asked about Sarr, the Charlton chief replied: “I would love to keep him. When we play well, Naby is playing. That’s because when we pass the ball well it starts from the back.

“So many of the goals we’ve scored have come from passing out from the back and Naby is involved a lot of the time because he is very comfortable on the ball.

“Yeah, he makes mistakes – but all defenders do. You watch the Premier League and they make mistakes. If no-one made mistakes there wouldn’t be any goals. I’d rather it not be our defenders, but that’s the game. It’s about limiting those mistakes.

“He is good for our squad and different to the other centre-halves that we have – left-footed. There are not many out there.

“I like him as a person. He is a lovely fella and great around the place.”

Charlton Athletic’s Lyle Taylor celebrates at full time during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground, Nottingham.

Taylor made it nine goals in 17 appearances this season to earn Charlton a vital victory at the City Ground.

When Bowyer recently signed a new long-term contract he stated at the time he would be holding talks with the former AFC Wimbledon frontman.

“I chatted with him because being selfish I need him to be at it for us,” he explained. “He is at our football club, plays for us and needs to do well.

“When I said I needed to speak to him it was to drum in that he needs to do well for his own career.

“Everyone was worried he might not turn up but I knew he would, because he is a good lad and he cares.

“If he goes in the summer, he goes. Unfortunately I’m not able to control that.

“Unless we give him a really good contract, whether you like it or not all the teams are interested in him. That’s what happens when you do well.

“But there are other things that I won’t speak about that Lyle was saying to me, other things he wants to happen here for him to stay. He wants to see things happen here and then there is a chance of him staying.”

Photo: Paul Edwards

Charlton are in discussions with goalkeeper Dillon Phillips and left winger Alfie Doughty about contract extensions.

Phillips, who came through the club’s academy, sees his terms run until the summer of 2021.
The stopper is already over the age of 24 and that means they would lose him for nothing if he chose to take on a new challenge.

Phillips has made the most saves in the Championship – averaging 3.4 per game.

Doughty, 20, also has 16 months left to run on his Valley deal but Charlton would be due compensation if he did not agree a fresh pay package. Fulham’s interest was rebuffed in the January window.




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4 thoughts on “Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer wants to keep Naby Sarr and reveals contract negotiations underway with Dillon Phillips and Alfie Doughty

  • 14 February 2020 at 09:52

    Naby is our top paid player ,I love him even with his faults but he is not our top player Lyle is our most important player so his pay offer should be above the wage Naby is getting , Lyle always gives 100% if he signs and we keep him for a couple of years the sky’s the limit, my fingers are crossed.

  • 14 February 2020 at 11:40

    Naby is the man love Naby Sarr from th3 bottom of my heart

  • 14 February 2020 at 12:41

    I am sure that the club will offer Naby a sensible deal, he was fortunate that he was recruited by the clueless Duchatalet regime as one to be sold on to the Premier League, hence a 5 year deal on top wages and an alleged transfer fee of £4m. That is no longer the situation I doubt he has done enough to impress other clubs to offer him the same deal he is on now, so even if he leaves he will need to take a pay cut.

  • 14 February 2020 at 13:39

    Agree Lyle is top player and will be impossible to replace if he leaves so agree they should pay up as we’ve had him on the cheap to date. Felt for a long time that Naby is wildly underrated by the fans. He comes in for a lot of stick but generally he’s pretty solid and his ability on the ball is top draw. Phillips is also crucial. Probably favorite to be player of the season and within the past 18 months he’s gone from being a bit shaky to quietly becoming one of the top keepers outside the top flight. Doughty has a lot of potential, a bit one dimensional at the moment but he will improve. Williams also remains crucial to the team, Oztumer and McGeady are reasonable stand ins but we never look as threatening without Williams playing. We should make a tempting offer for Cullen, keep Pratley in good shape and then the spine of the side would be settled. This squad when fit is too good to go down and if held together can form the basis of a strong team over the next couple of years.


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