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Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic head into their weekend clash with arch-rivals Millwall in poor form, with the Addicks having only managed to muster one win from their last five Championship outings.
Much of their poor form of late has been down to the constant chopping and changing between systems from Bowyer, with his side having been deployed in a wide variety of formations this term.
Despite this dynamic style of management, the south London side still find themselves sitting proudly in tenth place, after starting the campaign brilliantly since being promoted from League One last season.
One of the leading lights for the Addicks of late has been 24-year-old striker Macauley Bonne, who has been in stunning form since arriving from League Two side Leyton Orient this summer, scoring five goals in nine Championship outings.
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Bonne, of course, was Bowyer’s first signing of the summer transfer window, and he has really showcased his ability to adapt to the step up in quality, which is made all the more impressive by the fact that he was playing non-league football last term.
The striker’s purple patch has come at the same time as fellow forward and Charlton talisman Lyle Taylor picking up an injury which has kept him out of action since mid-September, with the former AFC Wimbledon man sure to be looking on enviously at his teammate’s goal-scoring exploits.
Taylor, of course, was the main man for the Addicks this term before getting crocked, with the 29-year-old registering five goals and one assist in his first six Championship games, meaning that he now may be feeling that Bonne has rained on his parade during his enforced absence from the team.
With Taylor seemingly nearing a return to full fitness, the ex-Bournemouth man will be hoping to pick up where he left off and re-establish himself as the first name on the team sheet, either in place of Bonne or alongside the youngster in a front two.
It remains to be seen when exactly we will see Taylor once again donning the red shirt of Charlton, but one thing’s for sure, the striker will definitely be looking to make up for lost time as the Addicks seek to strengthen their place in the top half of the table, with a view to making a potential play-off push.
It is now up to Bonne to carry on his solid form for the club this weekend, as they head to the New Den in search of a first away win at Millwall since December 1995.