Charlton Athletic have made an outstanding start to life back in the second tier, with the Addicks occupying second spot in the Sky Bet Championship table heading into September.
After winning promotion from League One via the play-offs last term, many expected the Addicks to be right in the midst of a relegation battle come the end of the current campaign.
But their start to life back in the Championship has showed signs of anything but a relegation dog-fight thus far, with Lee Bowyer’s side winning four of their opening six league games.
The Addicks are also yet to suffer a defeat in the league, and will fancy their chances of claiming yet another home win as they prepare to face Birmingham City this weekend.
Charlton’s start to the season is testament to Bowyer’s summer transfer business, with the likes of Conor Gallagher, Chuks Aneke and Tom Lockyer all establishing themselves as hugely important players following their moves to The Valley.
But with plenty of players waiting in the wings for their chance to impress Bowyer, there are some who are bound to be disappointed at not moving away from the club in the summer, and will be desperate to get out on loan in January.
Here, we take a look at two Charlton players who should have been loaned out in the summer…
Bonne arrived at The Valley from Leyton Orient in the summer, after spearheading the London club to the National League title last season.
The 23-year-old netted 23 times in 46 appearances for the O’s last season, but is yet to make an impact for Bowyer’s side.
The striker has made just one appearance in the Championship this season, coming on as a late substitute against Barnsley last month, and is behind the likes of Lyle Taylor, Jonathan Leko and Aneke in the pecking order.
He was a prolific goalscorer in the National League last term, but a loan move to a top-half League Two or bottom-half League One side could have done him the world of good this term.
Morgan was an important player for Charlton as they won promotion from League One last season, making 18 appearances in all competitions.
The young midfielder also started in both of their semi-final clashes with Doncaster Rovers, but has made just the one league appearance this time around.
He really stepped up to the plate when called upon in League One last season, but the 19-year-old isn’t ready for the Championship just yet.
A loan move back down to League One could have been beneficial for him.