Benson poised to leave Charlton

Charlton Athletic striker Paul Benson has been told he can leave the club this summer if the deal is right.

The 31-year-old has slid down the pecking order at the Valley and was left out of Tuesday’s travelling squad to Colchester in favour of veteran Jason Euell.

Manager Chris Powell understands Benson’s concerns over a lack of first-team football and told Football 365 a move away from the club is possible: “I’ve said to Paul that I appreciate he’s not in the team and obviously he wants to play.

“He’s in his early 30s, and he’s thinking ‘I really need to play’ and I can’t guarantee that, especially the way we are going. I’ve said ‘look at the situation, and if both clubs are happy then it’s something you can look at and if not, you are still here as part of my squad.”

Benson has only found the net ten times in 40 appearances for the Addicks since a deadline day move from Dagenham & Redbridge last summer but Powell believes the striker could still prove to be a great asset: “He will always score goals at this level and we will have to wait and see how that pans out.”

Charlton currently top the League One table after winning all three of their opening games, conceding just one goal in the process.

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