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Charlton have had a very good start to life in Championship, but recently injuries seem to have affected their form.
Lee Bowyer’s side were promoted last season after a brilliant play-off final win against Sunderland. It was a perfect end to what had been a superbly played campaign by the Addicks.
The start they made to the Championship campaign was simply brilliant, and they even found themselves in the top two earlier on. They’ve beaten strong teams such as Leeds and Brentford, and will be hoping to build on their good start as the season goes on.
There’s one thing that the Addicks must do to ensure that they keep getting points on the board, and that is to strengthen their side in January. It’s not necessarily about as many quality signings in the window, but more to get some quantity in the squad having suffered heavily with injuries.
Boywer has hinted that he may not be able to play a full substitutes bench on several occasions, and we may see that this weekend as Lyle Taylor hasn’t been confirmed fit just yet. He’s still 50/50 for the fixture with Cardiff.
They have to start looking at loan signings and potential players who can come in and help their side and fill in for the first-team players that struggle with injury.
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If they don’t manage to be able to get faces through the door, then this season could really start to stagnate and that would be a real shame for Bowyer seeing as he’s managed to get them competing at such a higher level for the first time in a long number of years.
Players such as Taylor and Tom Lockyer are proving that they can be unbelievable players at this level but if they don’t see the club building and trying to get better, then there is a potential worry that there heads may be turned in the future.
That worry also applies for Bowyer who is often linked with other jobs due to the owner Roland Dutchatelet not giving him a long-term contract.
They need signings in January in order to keep them ticking otherwise they will soon find themselves slipping down the table.