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Charlton Athletic Football Club

  • Nickname:The Addicks
  • Founded:1905
  • Manager:José Riga
  • Ground:The Valley
  • Capacity:27111
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Dowie challenges Dennis

15 Sep 2006 - 08:02:39

Charlton Athletic boss Iain Dowie has challenged Denmark winger Dennis Rommedahl to impress and earn a new contract at The Valley.

The 28-year-old failed to make his mark under previous manager Alan Curbishley, but showed up well against Chelsea last weekend after replacing the injured Andy Reid.

Dowie commented: "I think he is one of those players that when you see him on the day you think he can be electric. We are looking for that on a consistent basis.

"If Dennis continues to show the form he did last week against Chelsea then there is no question that he is a real asset to any team.

"He has got blistering pace and he gets a goal. It is just a case of producing that week in, week out.

"You need to play Dennis a certain way. You need to give him a bit of freedom to attack and not maybe shackle him as much.

"I think if you shackle him too much and tie him down too much, you lose his effect.

"I've always said that if you like the flair-type players you have to make them work. If you feed them enough of the ball, then you are going to get work out of them."

Rommedahl joined the Addicks in the summer of 2004 for £2million from PSV Eindhoven, but he has scored just four times in 49 league appearances for the club and is out of contract next summer.

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