Charlton Athletic have so far had a strong start to the current Championship season, picking up 18 points from the first 11 games of the league season so far.
Charlton’s most recent league result under Bowyer came as a 2-2 draw against Playoff chasers Fulham, with Conor Gallagher and Macauley Bonne netting the goals for the Addicks as Charlton earned a vital point away from home at Craven Cottage.
Charlton will be wanting to maintain the good form that they have shown so far at the start of the season as they could move into the Playoffs by the end of Saturday with a win over 13th-placed Derby, and here at two tweaks that Bowyer should be considering to make that happen…
Starting Jonathan Leko out wide
Dangerous winger Jonathan Leko should be a starter for Charlton, his pace, trickery and goal threat being one of the reasons why he’s made a name for himself so far in London as one of the more dangerous players for Charlton.
Bowyer perhaps knew that he had made a mistake by dropping the winger against Fulham and therefore losing that threat from out wide, instead choosing to have Jake Forster-Caskey operate down the left flank when the position definitely doesn’t suit the predominant central midfielder.
Should Bowyer start both Leko and Field against Derby?
If Leko is put back into the starting XI on the wing, then the young wideman can help to create from out wide and think about getting the ball into the box for the Charlton forwards to attack, against which could possibly be against a fragile Derby defence in the absence of their captain Richard Keogh.
Start Sam Field to shake things up
Central midfielder Sam Field, who is on loan from fellow Championship club West Bromwich Albion, also has the potential of changing a game on its head when he’s picked in the side.
The 21-year-old has created quite a name for himself in the second tier as being one of the best young midfield talents, and his ability to break up play as well as getting up the other end of the pitch to create and score marks him out as being a midfielder that needs to be man-marked.
If teams try to take Field out of the game, then they find themselves running the risk of struggling to still contain his talents as the small midfielder still finds a way to wiggle out of trouble and hurt a team any way that he can.