Charlton Athletic make it double Baggies raid as striker Leko signs up


Charlton Athletic have quickly added to their deadline day deals after confirming the loan addition of Jonathan Leko.

Leko follows his West Bromwich Albion team-mate Sam Field in making the temporary switch to SE7.

The 20-year-old striker headed to South London last night to complete his medical.

Addicks manager Lee Bowyer said: “I’m excited to work with Jonathan because he has a bit of everything. He’s definitely something we haven’t got here.

“He’s going to be exciting to watch. When I’ve watched him, he got me excited and he had me on the edge of the chair and if he’s doing that to me, he’ll be doing that to all our fans because every time he gets the ball you think ‘go on then, what are you going to do with it this time?’ He goes past people with ease, he has great pace, he is going to hurt people in behind, so I’m definitely looking forward to working with him.”

Leko said: “I jumped in the car and drove down the motorway as soon as I heard. It feels amazing, Charlton are a great club so I’m very happy to be here. I can’t wait to see The Valley on Saturday, I’m raring to go.” 

Head of recruitment Steve Gallen said: “Lee and I have been saying the squad lacked a little bit of pace, so it was important we got someone like Jonathan in. Jonathan is very athletic, very quick, very strong. He wants to take people on, he wants to get after people.”

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