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Charlton had a brilliant start to their Championship campaign, but in recent weeks have slightly dropped off.
The Addicks will be delighted with the way that they have gone about their business since promotion and they look a strong team for this division. However, recently they have started to look more vulnerable and have only won one of their last seven fixtures.
Will Charlton finish in the top half?
There’s a lot been said about the different injuries that they’ve had and how they approach games, but one key factor is the injury that Lyle Taylor picked up whilst away on international duty with Montserrat. The Addicks have struggled to put their chances away whilst on top in games since he’s been out and have missed the bite he brought to not just the attack but the whole team.
Taylor was on fire before he got injured, and had just scored away at Reading before heading out for the international break. The Addicks can’t become a team that is reliant on one player, that will never end well and can hurt them in the future, just like it has done in this most recent blip.
On Saturday, Lee Bowyer’s side were defeated by local rivals Millwall at the Den. It was a disappointing defeat that meant Charlton would go into the latest international break on a low. Taylor was still injured for the fixture, and the Addicks were guilty throughout of missing some very good chances.
Macauley Bonne has been good throughout, as has Jonathan Leko, but they are both players who score in patches and that has to change if Charlton want to confirm themselves as a team that challenges in the top half of the Championship. What Taylor brings compared to the two strikers that have been mentioned is consistency, he performs to a high level week in week out.
Bowyer’s job now is to find a way of finding that scoring consistency from the team, with or without Taylor. The next two games will tell us a lot about Charlton’s ambition and where they want to be in the league as they take on Cardiff City, before travelling to a struggling Luton Town side.