Charlton Athletic will be looking to continue their good League One form as they travel to Gillingham this weekend.
They’re the form team at the moment in the fourth tier and will be aiming to kick on after the international break with their squad clearly gelling nicely now.
Ben Watson was one of the new faces to arrive in the last window so how is he getting on at The Valley? We take a look…
How’s it gone so far?
He’ll be very pleased with his start to life at Charlton.
Often at the base of Lee Bowyer’s midfield, Watson can regularly be heard barking orders and organising the side from the middle of the park.
It’s exactly why Lee Bowyer brought him in and exactly why many Addicks fans were pleased to see him sign when he did back in the transfer window.
His control in midfield has allowed Charlton to get on this fine run of wins.
What issues does he face?
The biggest problem is the amount of yellows he is picking up.
His first five league games for the Addicks saw him pick up five yellow cards, some going in many ways.
That got him suspended for the Portsmouth match and though Charlton still won the game they’ll obviously want the midfielder to be around more often than not.
Of course, in his area of the pitch bookings do happen and Bowyer will like that bit of bite that Watson brings to his side, he’ll just need to try and avoid so many yellows over the rest of the season.
He did, at least, manage to do that in the win over Fleetwood at the start of this month.
There’s little chance of him coming out of the side at the moment so it’ll be a case of keeping doing what he is doing.
Lee Bowyer will rotate his midfield options as much as he can this season to try and keep everyone fresh but it is likely that Watson will play for the Addicks more often than not this year.
As mentioned, he needs to keep the bookings away but he and Darren Pratley are real leaders in the middle of the park, whilst senior pros like Andrew Shinnie also add good experience and quality.
Bowyer will be looking to the likes of them to keep the promotion challenge going.