Charlton Athletic have been busy in the transfer market this winter, with three new faces arriving to strengthen their promotion push.
The Addicks have been in fine form this season, climbing to fourth in the table and keeping up the pressure on Barnsley and Doncaster below them. Under Lee Bowyer they’ve found a steel, a resolve that was evident in his playing days and that he’s brought across into management.
The chance to bring in new faces has immediately been seized upon, with three coming in to do and more expected. It’s not a wholesale change, but gentle additions to the side where they’re needed. Experience in the midfield, competition in goal and a left back to cover for the injured Lewis Page.
This is how we see them lining up by the end of the window.
Bowyer likes the two up top, but protects the back four with a bank of three in midfield. The one issue they’ve had of late is the cover at left back. Lewis Page was a natural left-footer, but his injury has left them feeing a little lop-sided. Purrington will doubtless come in and balance them out once more.
In midfield, Jonny Williams will surely be a key player for the Addicks. He’s joined from Crystal Palace and will add some vital knowledge to the centre of the park. If anything, they’ve looked a little naïve at times, as seen in defeats at Coventry and Blackpool, so they’ll hope his Premier League background helps out.
There’s going to be a showdown in goal too, with new signing Chris Maxwell hoping for some first-team action after leaving Preston. It’s not been a problem area as such for Bowyer, although losing Jed Steer has meant Dillon Phillips takes a first-team spot. Maxwell will surely now be the number one.
Elsewhere, there’s some stability. The front two have been dangerous all season, Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant proving that the old tactic of a two-man strike force does still have life in the modern game.
We’ve included Joe Aribo in our formation but there’s every chance that he could be gone by the end of January. He’d be a huge loss for Bowyer, but there’s going to be a time when they have to do without him and surely, that time is coming quicker than expected.
If he does go, Fosu-Henry has been exciting too, he could be backing up the forwards from a deeper role.
There’s going to be plenty of action for Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik too, he’s one of only a handful of Gunners out in the lower leagues but he’s been vital for them. Chris Solly and Patrick Bauer are two other players likely feature heavily in the run in.