Tottenham Hotspur's 22-year old striker will join The Addicks on-loan for the rest of the season.
Despite Spurs only having one fit striker in Emmanuel Adebayor, the striker exodus continues at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane left on loan for Leicester City yesterday, and now Jonathan Obika is on the move. Spurs' 22-year old striker will spend the remainder of the season on-loan with Championship side Charlton Athletic.
Obika signed a deal extension in the move as well, staying with Spurs until the summer of 2014. Obika has yet to find much success with the Spurs first team, featuring only four times in the last four years. Much of Obika's tenure has been spent on-loan with Yeovil Town, where he has had four separate loans.
Charlton Athletic Manager Chris Powell said on the move:
"After losing Bradley Wright-Phillips I just felt we were short in the striker department. Jonathan is a player we have kept an eye on this season in a number of games. I saw him when he played against us and he has an eye for a goal."
"He is a player full of potential and it is a chance for us to have a good look at him. Hopefully he will come into the group and make an impact."
Charlton Athletic sits in 13th place in the Championship after being promoted on the back of a League One title in 2011-12. The team's strikeforce has been led by Frenchman Yann Kermogant, who has tallied eight goals on the season, with Ricardo Fuller and Danny Haynes also getting a lot of minutes as well. Bradley Wright-Phillips, the man Obika is replacing, was not a main player before his departure.
It is difficult to figure whether there is an opportunity for Obika to find consistent playing time on the loan. The Addicks strike force is quite crowded, and Chris Powell has often favored a one-striker system. One has to wonder if Spurs had assurances from Charlton, or if they just wanted to have Obika continue developing without paying his wages.