Charlton Athletic will be counting on Macauley Bonne to provide the goals this coming Saturday afternoon as the Addicks take on Millwall at The Den in the South London derby.
Bonne has been in excellent form for Charlton leading the line in the absence of their main striker Lyle Taylor, who is still recovering from a knee injury.
Charlton signed Bonne from Leyton Orient in the summer for a fee of £203,000, as his goal scoring record for the East London club was excellent – notching up 49 goals in two seasons with the O’s in the National League.
It is a huge step up from the Conference to the Championship, but Bonne has taken his chance under Lee Bowyer, and shown that he can play at this level.
We take a look at some of the statistics from the season so far…
First of all, Bonne’s first start for the Addicks came against Leeds United on 28 September, shortly after it was confirmed that Lyle Taylor faced a spell on the sidelines.
Since then, according to WhoScored, the former Zimbabwe international has played 641 minutes, scoring five times in just seven starts. That averages out at one goal per 128 minutes of football, which is an average of 0.6 goals per game.
Bonne is what you would describe as a poacher, with a natural eye for goal, especially in the penalty area. Two of his five goals have been scored in the six-yard box, with a further three in the penalty area. As he has scored five goals from his thirteen shots on goal, with an average of 1.4 shots per game.
Two goals have been scored with his head, showing his great ability in the air. He is adept at all-round forward play, as he has scored twice from open play, twice from set-pieces and once from a counter-attack – which was against Bristol City.
He has also scored one goal for Charlton in five separate games, making his ratio of goals for the amount of shots he has per game very impressive.
As for playing his part for the players around him, Bonne has provided four key passes in his nine games so far, with a 55.2% pass success rate. For the short time he has been at SE7, he has certainly been delivering.