After back to back defeats in their last two games, early pacesetters Charlton Athletic enjoyed a return to form on Saturday afternoon, with a 1-0 win over Leeds United at The Valley.
As well as bringing an end to their brief losing run, Saturday also saw Charlton find the back of the net for the first time since top scorer Lyle Taylor picked up an injury while on international duty.
What will have appeared encouraging for the Addicks, is the identity of their goalscorer in the win over Leeds.
Having been brought in to replace Taylor over the weekend, Macauley Bonne then scored his first goal since joining Charlton from Leyton Orient in the summer transfer window to secure the three points.
So is Bonne capable of filling in for Taylor for the long-term, with the 29-year-old expected to be absent until the end of the month?
Here, we put the spotlight on Bonne’s performance against Leeds to find out.
Having been handed his first start of the season against Leeds, there can be no doubting that Bonne made an impact for the Addicks, netting the only goal of the game to help his side back into the top six in the Championship standings.
However, you do have to wonder whether Bonne put in the sort of all-round performance that will convince manager Lee Bowyer that he is capable of filling the void left by Taylor for the foreseeable future.
Admittedly, Bonne’s goal did have an element of good fortune about it, with the striker getting in the way of a botched clearance from Leeds ‘keeper Kiko Casilla to force the ball over the line.
Other than that, however, it does seem as though the striker struggled to really trouble the Leeds stopper, with Bonne having just one shot throughout the course of his 82 minutes on the pitch, suggesting he may not pose the same sort of direct threat as Taylor.
Despite that, there are other areas where Bonne does appear to have been reasonably effective for the Addicks.
With four aerial duels won, it does seem as though the striker was able to keep Leeds’ defence busy when dealing with long balls into the area, something that will have been useful against a side whose problems defending set-pieces have been much-talked-about recently.
As well as that, with Bonne winning two fouls throughout the course of the game, the striker did also give his side the opportunity to trouble Marcelo Bielsa’s side from set-pieces by earning those free-kicks.
In contrast to that, however, one other area that Bonne is likely to want to address is his pass success rate, with a return of 50% suggesting that he may not have completely established a link with his new teammates just yet.
Even so, with this Bonne’s first real experience at this level, you imagine that a lack of experience and confidence may well have impacted on his performance on Saturday, suggesting that the more he develops at this level, the better he could become.
With Taylor set to be out for some time however, you feel there may be some pressure on Bonne to make that development quickly but his industry and workrate should set him in good stead for that.