Alex Gilbey has been backed to ship for Charlton Athletic subsequent season – supplied the system fits him.
That is the decision of Conor Washington, who made the transfer to SE7 concurrently the previous Milton Keynes midfielder in August 2020.
Gilbey is heading into the ultimate 12 months of his contract with the South London membership and has scored 5 targets in 50 begins. The 27-year-old was a back-to-back winner of MK’s Player of the Year award earlier than signing for the Addicks.
He was badly affected by Covid at first of the final marketing campaign and didn’t make a first-team look till September 21.
“It’s hard to get back in the team when you’re coming back from that,” stated Washington, who has signed for Rotherham after being launched by Charlton final month.
“I don’t think there are any doubts on his ability or anything like that. He’s one of the best midfielders in League One.
“If you put all of his game together over a consistent period of time then he is a Championship footballer, there’s no two ways about that.
“He’s a very specific type of midfielder who likes to run beyond, which is unusual – but it’s his biggest asset.
“I’ve been saying to him for the last 18 months to two years, you just need to bump the numbers up and get more assists and goals. Ultimately data is what it is, but if you’re a midfielder getting double figures in goals or assists then you’re getting moves to the level above.
“It’s about a consistent run in a team that is set up for him.
“That’s probably my biggest takeaway from football, up until this period. You have to play in a system that suits you.
“If you’ve got a certain set of attributes it is all well and good saying you’ve got to fit into a team system, of course it is, but if you’re being asked to do things that aren’t natural to you then your performances are going to suffer.
“Just from speaking to Gilbs over the last couple of weeks I know that he is fit, strong and chomping at the bit. I think he’s learned a lot of lessons over the last two seasons that will stand him in good stead this year.”