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With Lyle Taylor being sidelined through injury, the responsibility of scoring goals for Charlton has fallen onto the young shoulders of former Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne, with the youngster having performed well in the Montserrat international’s absence.
The towering centre forward arrived at The Valley this summer, following his impressive goal-scoring exploits with the O’s during the 2018/2019 season which sure saw Bonne net 23 goals in 46 National League appearances as the east London outfit achieved promotion back to League Two.
The ex-Colchester United man has continued his strong form into his spell at the Valley this term, netting five goals in his opening 10 league outings, in a run that the 24-year-old is sure to proud of.
However, the striker will surely be looking over his shoulder in angst with the news filtering through that Taylor could soon make his return to the first-team fold, with Lee Bowyer suggesting he could well be involved in this weekend’s game against Cardiff City.
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The 29-year-old was in stunning form for the Addicks prior to picking up his knee injury, scoring five goals and assisting one in his first six Championship outings, once again being portrayed as Charlton’s key man.
Bonne will be aware that Taylor’s return to the team could see him dropped to the bench, so the 24-year-old will no doubt be keen to continue his recent purple patch in order to nail down his starting spot under Lee Bowyer.
It would also be a fair assumption to make that Bowyer will have toyed with the idea of starting the duo together in a front two, with the former Leeds United midfielder perhaps reverting to the diamond formation that his side operated in during the early parts of the campaign.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this situation plays out between the two frontmen once Taylor returns to full fitness, with Bowyer set to have a selection dilemma on his hands.
Meanwhile, Bonne’s attentions will no doubt be focussed on this weekend’s clash with Cardiff, as the Addicks host the Bluebirds in the Championship’s early kick-off.