Some Charlton Athletic fans have been reacting to a recent post from the club’s official Twitter account which has shared the news that ex-Charlton midfielder Alexei Smertin paid a visit to The Valley “a few weeks ago”.
The club’s tweet, which shares an image of the ex-Charlton midfielder inside his former club’s home ground, states that Smertin’s recent trip to The Valley was his “first time” visiting the Addicks’ stadium “since his loan spell in 2005/06”.
The 44-year-old, who earned a total of 55 caps for the Russian national team during his professional career, joined the Addicks on loan from Chelsea in July 2005. Smertin subsequently made 20 competitive appearances for Charlton during his time at the club, 18 of which came in the Premier League, before his loan spell at Charlton ended in February 2006.
Some Addicks supporters have been reacting positively to their club’s tweet sharing an image of Smertin recently paying a visit to The Valley. Read the positive reactions of some Charlton fans to the post sharing the news that their former loanee recently paid a visit to the club’s home ground in the tweets below.
? A few weeks ago, an old face visited The Valley for the first time since his loan spell in 2005/06…
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) March 25, 2020
Quality player, was brilliant in the limited time he was with us
— Scott (@Scotty__91) March 25, 2020
Some player he was.
— Craig (@Craig___B) March 25, 2020
This guy was such a baller. Loved watching him play for us! ?
— Tony Kerr (@MetaphysicalMoo) March 25, 2020
Him and zheng are the cullen of bieliek of curbs days, both of them good memories
— Michael (@natediazisking) March 25, 2020
One of the best defensive central midfielders we’ve had, albeit very briefly!
— Chris Warnes (@ChrisWarnes88) March 25, 2020
Great passer of a ball. #quality
— dev* (@1Dev) March 25, 2020
What do we think?
Despite making just 20 appearances for the Addicks, it appears that Smertin may have left a positive impression on some Charlton fans during his brief time with the club based on the tweets above, with one supporter even calling the 44-year-old “one of the best defensive central midfielders” that Charlton have ever had.
Considering that he didn’t spend a large amount of time at the club, it may be fair to say that Charlton Athletic may have also left a positive impression on Smertin, considering that he took the time to pay a visit to his ex-club’s home ground.