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Charlton striker Tony Watt leaves to join Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium

By Matthew Panting

Charlton have announced striker Tony Watt has left the club to join Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium.

The permanent move sees the Scottish forward depart with 10 goals in 56 appearances for Charlton to his name.

Watt was down the pecking order at The Valley, although he did come off the bench in their League 1 opener against Bristol Rovers and then started the midweek Carabao Cup win at Exeter.

Tony Watt in action for Charlton on the opening day of the season. Picture: Keith Gillard
Tony Watt in action for Charlton on the opening day of the season. Picture: Keith Gillard

Charlton boss Karl Robinson said: "Tony felt that it was best for his career that he had a fresh challenge and we wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Watt spent time out on loan at Cardiff, Blackburn and Hearts and Robinson defended the striker for his performance against Bristol Rovers on the opening day.

"He did everything I asked. "I told him not to (close them down). If he goes chasing stupidly and goes after the keeper or centre-half then we’ve only got eight outfield players.

"If he doesn’t chase then we’ve kept nine this side of the ball. The goalkeeper and centre-back are never going to score so it was important for him to be on the toes of the two midfield players."

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