Macauley Bonne scored his second goal in three-consecutive starts for Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic at the weekend, as the striker looks to be cementing a starting spot at The Valley.
Bonne gave Charlton the lead for the second time when he looped a header over Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on Saturday lunchtime, but a late Aleksandar Mitrovic goal levelled it for the home side.
The game’s given Lee Bowyer plenty to think about during the international break, and one player who he’ll be pondering over is Bonne.
The 23-year-old was given just his third league start o the season – they’ve all come in the last three games in the absence of top-scorer Lyle Taylor.
Taylor will be an absentee until next month and Charlton fans were worried they’d be in for a dry October without him.
But Bonne has stepped up – first scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 win against Leeds at the end of last month, before scoring in Charlton’s 2-2 draw at Fulham at the weekend.
Here we take a look at some of the stats from his performance against Fulham:
Bonne won an incredible seven aerial duels against Fulham – more than any other player on the pitch.
His ability in the air is what saw him net the second and it proved a key outlet for Charlton as they withstood the Fulham barrages.
His overall hold-up play was excellent too – Bonne made 19 passes against with 28 touches of the ball and was able to set-up several Charlton attacks at Craven Cottage.
Adding to his WhoScored.com rating of 7.64, Bonne got his second goal of the season averaging a goal with every 148 minutes of Championship action.
Bonne has stepped up to the mark in Taylor’s absence of late. With so much competition at Charlton, he’s proving to Bowyer why he’s an ideal replacement for Taylor with two goals in his last three games.
He’ll be vital for Charlton through October, and will be hoping to bag another goal when they host Derby in two weeks time.