Charlton Athletic fell to a disappointing 4-2 defeat against relegation-threatened Burton Albion on Tuesday evening in League One.
One player that seemingly didn’t make a good impression in the early stages of the contest was Addicks forward Omar Bogle, who was substituted in place of Chuks Aneke after just 34 minutes.
Aneke went on to score for Charlton on the night, although his efforts weren’t enough as they dropped points in the race for promotion into the Championship.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from London News Online), Addicks boss Lee Bowyer revealed his reasoning behind Bogle’s early substitution, and certainly didn’t hold back on his thoughts on the forward.
“It wasn’t really tactical because I brought off like for like.
“There was nothing wrong with Omar apart from he wasn’t doing what I expect him to do as a striker. You see the difference in Chuks Aneke from Omar Bogle. That’s what I expect from all my strikers. Omar was doing that and has been doing that, but for some reason today he was miles off it and I won’t have it. That’s why I did it.”
Bowyer went on to state that the club have to be ‘careful’ with Aneke, who hasn’t had consistent game time in recent years after his injury problems.
“My worry with Chuks is that you just have to be careful with him. His body is very temperamental. We’ve learned that over the last 18 months. We’ve learned that about Chuks. Trust me, I would have started him long before now if I could.
“There comes a point where I had to bring him on today to play him for 60 minutes. I had to. I couldn’t keep watching what was happening, it wasn’t good. I’ve just got to look after Chuks. Again, he’s come off the bench and scored.”
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Bowyer clearly wasn’t satisfied with Bogle’s performance during the match against Burton Albion, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Addicks boss is to start Aneke or Bogle this weekend when they return to action.
Bowyer is making the right call in playing the cautious approach when it comes to Aneke’s fitness levels, as another injury could set him back a considerable amount.
Bogle needs to show improvement when he next features though, otherwise he could be set for a prolonged spell out of the starting XI.