Macauley Bonne heads back to Charlton Athletic tomorrow with caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson admitting it could give the Ipswich Town loanee an extra reason to impress.
The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 15 League One starts for the Tractor Boys.
Charlton only paid £200,000 to sign Bonne from Leyton Orient following promotion to the Championship in June 2019.
They rejected multiple bids from QPR before selling him in October 2020 in a deal that could rise to as much as £2million.
Bonne scored 12 goals in 40 appearances for the Addicks.
Asked about his career post-Charlton, Jackson told the South London Press: “He has done well. He scores goals. We know that about him and we’re aware of his threats. He’s quick and has got good movement. He is one of the leading scorers in the league.
“Coming back to an old club, you’d probably think he has got a little point to prove. We’ll have to be on the lookout for him. If Pearcey [Jason Pearce] does play he’ll know all about him. It’s got the potential to be a good match-up.
“It will be good to see him. Macca is a nice lad who did well for us.”
Another former Charlton forward in Ipswich’s ranks is Joe Pigott. He came through the youth system in SE7 but dropped into the non-league game before being handed a lifeline at AFC Wimbledon.
The Addicks were keen on Pigott when he became a free agent in the summer.
“There was a bit of interest in Pigs but I don’t think it ever got close because Ipswich are blowing people out of the water in terms of what they can pay,” said Jackson.
“Pigs is a good player. I played with him before he left Charlton. He has forged a career, improved and become a really good striker at the level who has scored a lot of goals.”
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