Promoted through the play-offs last season, Charlton are back in the Championship. They made a great start to the campaign but 3 losses in their last 5 has seen Lee Bowyer’s side drop to a still respectable 10th position.
They had a busy summer, bringing in 8 permanent transfers as well as 5 loanees. Despite an expected drop in form, they did also beat title challengers Leeds 1-0. As usual, the Championship is extremely competitive and Charlton are only 4 points off of 1st and 2 points off of the playoff spots.
Who’s been key to their good start and who hasn’t…
Hot – Lyle Taylor
Signing for Charlton in 2018 ahead of their promotion where he scored 21 goals in the league. Before, he was a reasonable goal scorer for Wimbledon but didn’t light up the EFL. The Monseratt international has carried his form into the Championship, a level he hadn’t played at before.
He scored 5 goals in their opening 6 matches, seeing them rise to promotion places early on. However, he was injured after the 6th match of the season and hasn’t worked his way back to fitness yet. Charlton fans will be impatiently waiting for his return so they can revive their form and climb the table.
Hot – Conor Gallagher
On loan from Chelsea, getting his first taste of men’s football, Gallagher has stepped up to the plate excellently. Former Chelsea youth captain and England U18s captain. He was part of the U17 squad that won the World Cup in 2017 and was on the bench for Chelsea’s Europa League final win.
The box-to-box midfielder is an all-rounder and has shone in Bowyer’s midfield this season. He’s scored 4 goals and got an assist, making him Charlton’s 2nd top scorer to Taylor. With excellent work rate and technical ability, he’s adapted to his new environment really well.
At Chelsea, Gallagher didn’t gain the attention from fans and the media like some other young players they have. But, worked his way through the academy and deserved this chance to prove himself in the Championship before the chance to play for Chelsea, similar to Mason Mount.
Not – Sam Field
On loan from Championship leaders, West Bromwich Albion, the young midfielder’s loan hasn’t worked out as well as Gallagher’s. He’s made 4 starts as well as 3 appearances off the bench but hasn’t fitted into the side.
With some inexperience showing, he hasn’t adapted to Bowyer’s side very well and can look a bit out of place. There is still time and the bit of experience he has gained for West Brom will help. In the last two season, he’s played 541 and 535 minutes respectively in the Championship. He hasn’t had much first-team football and at 21 years old he’s still adapting and learning.
Although he’s played okay, his move may have been a little underwhelming for Charlton fans and doesn’t always look up to speed. However, his defensive output has been excellent with 3.3 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per 90 minutes in the small number of minutes he’s played.
Not – Chris Aneke
Aneke, an Arsenal graduate, signed in summer from MK Dons following helping them get promoted and scoring 17 goals. After a series of loans from Arsenal, he was released and spend two years in Belgium before returning to England.
Playing in the Championship for the first time, he is yet to be given a start by Lee Bowyer. He’s been limited to 8 substitute appearances, playing 180 minutes and scoring a goal. Once a promising young player, he is now 26 and hasn’t lived up to what Arsenal fans and now Charlton fans hoped he’d be. After an excellent season for MK Dons, he’s been underwhelming but maybe needs a chance to prove himself.