Charlton have made a great start to the season following their promotion back to the Championship.
They are currently 10th in the league and have already secured excellent wins against Blackburn, Brentford and Leeds.
Although their form has dipped recently, having lost three of their last five fixtures, Charlton were able to gain a hard earned point away at Fulham with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage before the international break.
Overall, Lee Bowyer will be pleased with his sides start to the season and will be aiming to kick on even further as Charlton take on Derby at the Valley this weekend.
There are two players who have been central to Charlton’s solid start to the season so far and they will be attracting interest if their good form continues.
Lyle Taylor’s attacking talents were highlighted in Charlton’s promotion campaign last year as he notched up an impressive 22 goals in 44 appearances for the Addicks.
Taylor has started this season in a similar fashion and has found no shortage of goals in the early stages of the season. He already has five goals and one assist in six appearances. Taylor’s goals alone count for a third of Charlton’s league goals this season and the Montserrat international will be desperate to add to his tally for the season.
Charlton’s talisman has missed out the last five matches with a knee injury and looks to be out until November. However, there could still be some attention around the 28-year-old in January if he hits the ground running on his return to the team following his recovery.
Jason Pearce has been a reliable feature of the Charlton squad for the past four seasons and has continued in this manner recently.
The 31-year-old centre back has been a key performer at the heart of Charlton’s defence this season. They have kept three clean sheets in matches he has played in. Pearce has made 4.1 clearances for his team this season and has not been dribbled past once this season.
His experience at centre back was most noticeable in the back to back wins against Brentford and Reading in late August. Pearce hardly put a foot wrong and these spirited performances are typical of the type of display Pearce has produced whilst at Charlton.
If Charlton are to maintain their good early season form, they will need to rely on players like Pearce to provide the composure and steel to have a successful season.