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2 shots: 21-y/o’s weekend display showed plenty for Charlton fans to be excited about but also what needs improving

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Charlton Athletic were once again condemned to defeat in the Championship on Saturday as they threw away a one-goal lead away to Preston to lose 2-1.

It was a result that leaves them just five points above the drop-zone and there is no doubt that they will be looking to strengthen further in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.

However, on Saturday, one of the brightest performances came from somebody who has already been brought in during the January window – Andre Green.

The 21-year-old signed on loan until the end of the season on the first day of business, having struggled for game time with his opponents on Saturday in a spell away from Aston Villa during the first-half of the campaign.

He netted the Addicks’ only goal of the day on his return to Lancashire, and here is a closer look at his all-round game:

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The match was just five minutes old when Green tapped the visitors ahead, moving cleverly amid he Preston penalty area to find space in the six-yard box, slotting home following some good work from Alfie Doughty.

It certainly bodes well for his time at the club. With Macauley Bonne still injured and the future uncertain regarding Lyle Taylor, Green was tasked with leading the line, and the movement shown for that goal will have been hugely encouraging for his manager.

It was one of just two touches he had in the Preston area all game and, whilst it is slightly concerning for the team that they were only able to get the ball to him in a promising position twice, it does at least show that Green possesses those killer instincts needed to lead the line well.

His pass accuracy was also solid, completing 69% of the passes he tried, showing that he will be more than capable of linking up play for teammates going forward.

It was not a perfect performance for Green however, and in fairness it was never likely to be given his lack of game time.

He showed that he still has work to do in a physical sense. He busied himself throughout, yes, but when it came to winning the ball in attacking areas he could win just three of his duels, and none that were in the air.

Admittedly, it has and likely never will be something that Green becomes synonymous with, but to lead the line successfully in the second tier you have to be able to at least assert yourself physically.

Bowyer will undoubtedly tell him, however, so do not expect it to be a problem for too much longer.


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