BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says that anything other than a top six finish would now represent a poor season after his wheeling and dealing in the January transfer market.
Strikers Ronnie Schwartz and Jayden Stockley have joined up with the Addicks squad, alongside midfielders Liam Millar, Matt Smith and Diallang Jaiyesimi in the January window.
The South Londoners currently sit eighth in the League One table, on the same points as sixth-placed Sunderland but having played at least twice more than all the sides around them – and four more times than Accrington Stanley who sit a place above them.
But Bowyer says anything less than a place in the play-offs this season will be seen as failure.
“I will never make excuses,” said the Addicks boss.
“I think now, we have a squad that can compete. The five signings that we’ve made has closed the gap from the teams above us. I’ve always said there was a big gap. The only difference is their points advantage at this stage is better than ours. If we can close that then great.
“But I do believe now I have a squad that can compete with those better sides, if you like. If we don’t finish in the top six then I won’t be happy with that. I believe the lads we have in that dressing room now, they’re all good lads. They’ll all want to fight for this club. It’s a good starting point.”
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