HUDDERSFIELD Town look like coming face to face with Emmanuel Frimpong in South-East London on Saturday.
That’s after Charlton began the build-up to Thursday afternoon’s loan transfer deadline by bringing in the combative Arsenal midfielder in what is widely regarded as a coup for boss Chris Powell.
Ghanaian-born Frimpong, who has represented England at junior level but pledged his future to the African country, arrives at The Valley hot on the heels on Wolves’ Icelandic engine-room Eggert Jonsson.
The 24-year-old former Hearts player made his debut as Charlton chalked up a third successive win by beating Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Frimpong, 20, spent time with Wolves last season and has played twice for Arsenal this time around, in the big-scoring Capital One Cup clashes with Coventry (won 6-1) and Reading (won 7-5).
“We’ve had our eye on him for a while, and with the busy Christmas period to come, I felt it was right to make sure that we are covered in all areas,” explained Powell, who also has Southampton left-back Dan Seaborne and experienced QPR frontman Rob Hulse on loan.
Frimpong has been with Arsenal since the age of nine, and might well have made more than 16 first-team appearances for them had it not been for serious injuries to both knees.
He featured in five Champions League ties last season as well as making five Premier League starts for Wolves as they unsuccessfully fought against relegation.
Frimpong is highly rated by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and the loan, which runs until January 3, is seen as an opportunity for the player to gain further first-team experience.
Jonsson replaced illness-hit former Oldham player Dale Stephens in the Charlton side at Burnley, while Powell can also call on highly-rated former Tottenham man Johnnie Jackson.
One-time Leeds and Sheffield United striker Hulse, 33, is said to have been a key man in the recent run of wins which have lifted Charlton to 14th, six places and four points behind Simon Grayson’s Town.
Saturday’s winning goal came from ex-Barnsley man Danny Haynes, who has scored in three games running after recovering from hamstring trouble.
“The gaffer has given me an opportunity and I feel like I’m taking it,” he said. “I’m working hard on the pitch and working hard on managing my hamstring problems.
“Last season and the start of this one has been a bit of a downer for me, but the gaffer had faith and stuck with me, and now I’m reaping the rewards.”
Both Charlton and Town were promoted from League I last season, with the South Londoners picking up after a slow start.