Erhun Oztumer is currently an important member of Charlton Athletic’s squad as Lee Bowyer looks to get his side to retain their status in the Championship following their promotion from League One last term.
The 28-year-old arrived at Bolton in the summer of 2018, following his departure from Walsall at the end of the 2017/18 season, where he had earned a reputation of being able to provide a creative and goalscoring presence in the final third, having registered 15 goals and seven assists in his final season with the Saddlers.
It was hoped that Oztumer’s arrival would enable Bolton to find more invention and end product in the final third, as they faced a battle to maintain their Championship status last season, and the 28-year-old managed to get off the mark for goals in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United in the League Cup in August.
Oztumer, though, was unable to carry his goal scoring exploits in the League Cup into the Championship for the Trotters last term, with Bolton struggling down the bottom end of the division for most of the campaign, despite getting off to a positive start in the early weeks of the season.
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The 28-year-old failed to register a single goal or assist for Bolton in 17 Championship appearances last season, which saw him struggle to really make an impact on a struggling side, who ultimately went onto suffer relegation back to League One.
The attacking midfielder was one of a host of players to eventually leave Bolton during the summer, as the Trotters were left needing to rebuild their squad during the last few weeks of the summer transfer window – and Oztumer left the club despite still having a year left on his contract amid their financial problems.
Oztumer went onto sign for Charlton on a free transfer, with the club looking to add some extra creativity to their options, and the 28-year-old has so far been more of a squad player than a first team regular during his first season with the London club.
The 28-year-old has made 11 appearances in the Championship so far, but he has yet to score a goal or register an assist, which is a record he will be hoping to improve upon as the season progresses – and he could yet play an important role in ensuring that Charlton manage to retain their Championship status.
The attacking midfielder has managed to show some signs of his ability for Charlton, with Oztumer having showed his ability to help them build the play through the thirds, having averaged an 83.2% passing accuracy so far this campaign, while he has also averaged 3.07 dribbles per game, according to Wyscout.
That suggests the 28-year-old could potentially still become an important member of Bowyer’s side during the rest of the season, with the London club in need of someone to step up and help create chances and space for their other attacking players, if they are going to be able to survive in the Championship.
However, Charlton will be needing him to show more end product in the final third, with the 28-year-old having averaged just 0.98 shots per game, and that potentially offers an explanation over why Bowyer has at times opted to start other players ahead of him.