Charlton Athletic started life in the Championship well initially, as they hovered near the automatic promotion places after the first few match-days of the campaign.
However, they have won just once in their last five league games, and it could be argued that the main reason behind that slump in form is because they miss their talisman Lyle Taylor dearly.
Although the Montserratian is on the latter stages of recovery from a knee injury, Lee Bowyer will have to keep the faith in his Addicks squad for the time being, if they are to turn their fortunes around.
Currently, four of Bowyer’s first-team squad at The Valley came through the Charlton academy: Chris Solly, Dillon Phillips, Erhun Ozthumer and George Lapslie.
We have seen other big names rise up the ranks in SE7, including Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman. With a reputation for developing great youth talent, who is waiting in the wings in the academy?
The pacey attacker had a standout season last term with Charlton’s Under-18 squad, as he found the net 13 times in 26 appearances – which is a goal every two games for the young Addicks.
He was then drafted into the Under-23’s where he has also impressed. He can either play out wide or in a central role, and at 6’0’, he has physical presence upfront.
At just the age of 17, there is still time to develop his game and eventually become a part of Lee Bowyer’s plans moving forward, but Sparrow Lane seems to be an ideal environment for him to improve as a footballer.
Maynard-Brewer joined the Addicks as a 14-year-old, and has risen through the ranks to become well on the way to challenging Ben Amos for the role of back-up goalkeeper.
The Australian stopper won titles with both the Under-18’s and Under-23’s at Sparrows Lane, and has represented the first team in the Football League trophy.
Lee Bowyer and Steve Gallen have felt it necessary for Maynard-Brewer to gain experience of men’s football over the last few seasons, and this term he is in between the posts for National League South side Dulwich Hamlet.