Alfie Might’s profession would have been stepping into an entire new route had he left Cheltenham for US aspect San Diego Loyal 18 months in the past.
Offered the American dream by Landon Donovan final January – as he explained in an interview with Sky Sports last year – he and his household have been prepared to maneuver earlier than then-Robins boss Michael Duff talked him out of a transfer throughout the pond.
It’s simply as nicely he did – final month, the membership was shut down simply over 4 years after its basis. “He knew precisely what he was doing when he sat me down,” Might says, smiling.
He was the principle man in Gloucestershire, however had arguably reached his ceiling there. And with a file of a objective slightly below each different sport throughout 4 seasons and 48 targets in 99 video games in all competitions over 2021/22 and 2022/23, when the summer season got here, he was in demand.
When Charlton got here knocking, and the prospect to return nearer to his household arose, it was not lengthy earlier than he signed a two-year deal at The Valley for a reported charge within the area of £250,000.
That’s not to say leaving was not a wrench, significantly now given his former membership are twenty third in League One, having scored just seven goals in 16 games so far this term.
“It was a troublesome resolution to make – Cheltenham are an essential membership to me,” he says.
“They gave me a platform to carry out and I thank them very a lot for that; I simply wanted that perception in me to play me week in, week out. They have a particular place in my coronary heart and I nonetheless regulate their outcomes.
Charlton’s subsequent 5 League One fixtures
- Carlisle (a) – November 25, 3pm
- Cheltenham (h) – November 28, 7.45pm
- Cambridge (h) – December 9, 3pm
- Barnsley (a) – December 16, 3pm
- Burton (h) – December 23, 3pm
“I do know my targets have been essential, however I’d by no means say that, as a result of I’ve left, they don’t seem to be a very good staff. They’re nonetheless the identical staff and there are quite a lot of gamers that have been there with me and they’re superb gamers, they’ve simply actually been unlucky.
“It is a robust league they usually aren’t one of many large groups. On and off the pitch, they know the way arduous they’ve set to work. I actually hope they flip a nook and keep on this division.”
Cheltenham’s loss has very a lot been Charlton’s achieve.
Forward of Saturday’s lengthy journey to Carlisle, the 30-year-old ahead has scored six targets in his final 5 video games and 15 targets in 20 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks.
His 12 League One targets haven’t solely put him high of the division’s scoring charts, but in addition helped him go a half-century of targets within the division because the begin of 2021/22 – his tally of 55 is 13 greater than Portsmouth’s Colby Bishop has managed.
That’s all nicely and good, however there is just one factor on his thoughts. He beams as he reveals it.
“I noticed I am one league objective behind Erling Haaland in 2023 and so I wish to beat him!”
“I do know he is doing it on the elite degree, however on the finish of the yr, I wish to have overwhelmed him. It is good to set your self little targets like that and it places your identify on the market, too.”
Most surprisingly, although, isn’t that Might has thrived in a brand new surroundings this time period, however that he has completed so by usually taking part in in a brand new place as No 10.
So how did what has turn into a pivotal transformation come about?
“It began in a few video games when the brand new gaffer [Michael Appleton] got here in. He put me in there sooner or later and I scored two targets within the first sport I performed in there. You keep on with what you realize.
“I might performed there a few occasions at Cheltenham, however we did not actually have the ball as a lot as Charlton have gotten it, so it is about discovering little pockets and ready for the boys behind to search out me and play by means of me.
“It is totally different to what I am used to, however I am actually having fun with it. I am entering into the field late and getting tap-ins. You see the most effective strikers on this planet standing in the midst of the objective and tapping it in – as a striker, you simply need them to hit the again of the web.
“I really feel actually assured on the minute. I’ve bought the shackles off on the minute, taking part in a free position and simply making an attempt to work as arduous as I can. As a striker, you wish to rating targets, so so long as I am on the pitch, I do not care the place I play.”
Certainly that makes Might wish to take a look at himself at the next degree earlier than the shut of his profession?
“I believe that is the ambition of each footballer,” he continues. “One factor about me is that I do know issues should not going to be given to me.
“Individuals in all probability say I am getting on, however I nonetheless really feel like I am 21. I got here into the sport late and I’ve hopefully bought 10 extra years within the sport. I simply wish to preserve scoring targets, hopefully get us promoted and play within the Championship for this membership.
He’s cautious as he talks about promotion. “You do not wish to say the mistaken factor when it comes to it blowing up on social media,” he warns. Charlton are 5 factors exterior the play-off locations for the time being, however the goal is obvious.
“As a footballer, if you do not have an ambition of succeeding then there isn’t any level taking part in the sport. You may as nicely quit as a result of we’re all on this business to be the most effective we are able to and play as excessive as we are able to.
“I wish to expertise the Championship. Coming from the place I’ve come from in non-league and to say I’ve performed within the Championship can be wonderful. That is not me disrespecting League One or League Two, however I’ve performed in these leagues.
“Once I signed right here, the very first thing I stated was promotion and that is why I signed. To come back right here, rating a great deal of targets and get this staff promoted.
“We wish to drive this membership to the place it must be. We all know that Charlton have been within the Premier League and had profitable seasons in there. It is a large membership, so we have to all come collectively and drive as one.”
Charlton spent six of the earlier seven seasons earlier than 2023/24 exterior the second tier, however with Might in maybe the type of his life, they boast a very good probability of returning in Might.