By James Black
Charlton manager Karl Robinson has explained Joe Dodoo’s continued absence from his side is due to the strength of his options and insists the young Rangers loanee will get his chance.
The former Leicester City attacker has not hit the height expected when he moved to the Valley on a season-long loan from Rangers in the summer and has since found himself cast to the fringes of the squad.
The Ghanaian was again left on the bench against Oxford United last weekend as the two teams shared the spoils to raise concerns about the future of the attacker who hasn’t featured in any of Charlton’s last four games.
The 22-year-old scored on his debut for the Addicks when he came off the bench to grab what proved to be the clubs’ match-winning goal in a 4-3 away win against Oldham Athletic.
Robinson played down suggestions of a fall-out and admitted Dodoo has worked hard to earn a place in the starting XI.
“Why don’t you ask about Joe Aribo, Ezri Konsa or Dillon Phillips? There are other players who didn’t come on, as well,” Robinson said, as quoted by News Shopper.
“Joe’s worked really hard, we had a meeting before the Oxford game, went through all his clips at Gillingham. We’ll sit down and watch his clips again – it’s about learning.
“It’s the same with Joe Aribo and Dillon Phillips. They have to learn and Joe will feel disappointed not getting on against Oxford but who does he come on for? Ricky Holmes? Josh Magennis?”
“Sometimes from a media perspective and fans, they’ll go ‘he didn’t make this sub’ but it’s just as brave not to make one because I leave myself open to the question, if we concede, ‘why didn’t you make a change towards the end of the game?’
“But I don’t always have to use them – you didn’t used to have any subs; I brought players off when they looked fatigued.
“It’s just Joe [Dodoo], they have to be patient. Their chance will come. When? I can’t tell you that because it would be a lie.”
Dodoo joined Rangers last summer from Leicester City but struggled to get regular game-time under Mark Warburton and then Pedro Caixinha, before heading out on loan in August.
The 22-year-old signed a four-year deal at Ibrox when he joined the Ibrox giants but it doesn’t look as though he has much of a future at the club under Pedro Caixinha.
Dodoo barely featured after the Portuguese took charge in March and was one of 12 players who left Rangers – either on loan or permanently – over the summer.
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