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Alfie May transfer: Why Charlton are selling and what Birmingham City are getting

Alfie May transfer: Why Charlton are selling and what Birmingham City are getting

Alfie May’s transfer has put League One on notice over Birmingham City’s spending power. The Blues beat Huddersfield Town to a deal with Charlton Athletic for the striker who was League One’s top scorer last season.

Charlton fans are furious that they are selling May to a team they hope to compete with for promotion next season. May won 82 per cent of the vote to win Charlton’s Player of the Year award – no player has ever won the award more convincingly.




“You probably only need to look at the social media surrounding the deal from a Charlton perspective to see that a lot of fans are confused by it and want May to stay,” says Richard Cawley of the South London Press. “But the reality is that when you look at Nathan Jones’ comments… Nathan himself even last week was talking about if Alfie goes, Charlton need to be stronger by the end of the window and there is a feeling from him that it is a deal that is OK for Charlton to do if they bring in the players they want.

“There’s no denying that Alfie May is coming off a brilliant season, 27 goals and 23 in the league. Without his goals, where would Charlton be? There’s a chance their situation in League One would be worse.

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“His goals were a bright spot throughout another season where genuine good news was slim pickings at times until Nathan came in and set the team on an upturn in form. It’s definitely a case of the club’s owners and hierarchy backing their manager.

“I’m not sure he’d be a guaranteed starter. Nathan Jones’ teams usually have athletic, powerful forwards. Alfie has a lot of positive attributes but perhaps doesn’t fully fit into the way Nathan Jones lines up his teams.