Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has admitted he will not be able to name a full substitutes’ bench ahead of his side’s clash with Cardiff City on the weekend.
The Addicks’ boss has seen his options limited this term due to a host of injury problems, and it now seems the current state of the squad will prevent him from naming a full match-day squad against the Bluebirds.
The likes of Jonny Williams, Lyle Taylor and Sam Field have all been missing from the side in recent weeks, and the absence of so many high-profile players has seen the Addicks suffer a dip in form following back-to-back defeats to Preston and Millwall.
Speaking to South London Press reporter Richard Cawley, Bowyer has now conceded that he is desperately short on options ahead of their clash with Cardiff, while he is unwilling to name younger players on the bench to make up the numbers.
Lee Bowyer saying that he will not be able to fill the bench for #cafc's game v Cardiff on Saturday. Doesn't think it is fair to put loads of untested kids on there.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) November 21, 2019
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Plenty of Charlton supporters responded to this revelation with surprise at Bowyer’s hesitancy to name youth players on the bench, while others suggested the 42-year-old would be making a statement by naming an unoccupied bench.
Here are some of the responses…
Surely just having another body on there is still better than none?
— Joshcafc (@Joshcafc2) November 21, 2019
Daft from Lee. Youngsters can thrive in adversity.
— Alan (@AlanDavo55) November 21, 2019
He's making a point to RD, give me funds to strengthen
— Christian norsworthy (@CNODSY) November 21, 2019
Doesn’t really send out the right message to the youngsters surely? Chelsea have been forced to play their youngsters and they have thrived
— Neil stone (@sparkystone95) November 21, 2019
Looks like Lee is playing politics. Unfilled bench for a game on Sky will draw attention to the ownership problems we still have.
— Mike (@Mike83295961) November 21, 2019
Tbh 10 first team players out at the same time is bad luck more than anything. A 23 man squad is about the right size.
— [..] (@cafc4ever1) November 21, 2019