By Richard Cawley
Karl Robinson has admitted that Charlton would have struggled to land Michal Zyro if a serious injury had not stunted the striker’s impact at Wolves.
The Addicks signed the 25-year-old Poland international on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
Zyro moved to England from Legia Warsaw in January 2016 but only returned to action in August after 17 months out after suffering serious knee damage against Milton Keynes, managed by Robinson at the time, early on in his Molineux career.
“This one has come about because he had an injury,” said the Addicks boss. “There has got to be a reason why we have got someone of this quality.
“Where Wolves are right now means they are shopping in a different league to anyone else in the Championship. The players stopping him coming through are top, top Premier League players.
“Steve Gallen [head of recruitment] has worked unbelievably hard on this. It’s a deal that is a little bit out there, one away from what people would expect us to do.
“But it shows we are very open-minded to do different things.
“I like the fact that if I want to play Josh [Magennis] and him on the right then we’ve got someone who is over six foot and a little bit more aggressive in the air.
“Also on top of that he is an athletic nine, like Josh, and a good finisher.
“We were lucky. I’d like to thank Kevin Thelwell [Wolves sporting director] and David Manasseh [agent] at Stellar, who have worked really hard on pushing this deal towards us.
“He’s big and powerful. He’s a striker but can play a little off the right if he wants, he played off that side when he was at Legia Warsaw. He came to England more as a striker to go down the middle.
“Trying to find one who is over six foot tall, talent and has athletic capabilities is very, very difficult.”