Charlton Athletic have been pushing for the Championship play-offs so far during the early months of the season following promotion from League One, and two of their strikers have caught the eye.
Macauley Bonne and Lyle Taylor have been two Addicks players that have been consistently scoring for Lee Bowyer’s side, as Taylor netted five goals in six games before injury at the end of August and Bonne has since taken over the goalscoring duties with five in eight.
Both players certainly pack a punch when playing up front, however Bowyer has struggled to field the pair together so far.
Since moving to The Valley from Leyton Orient in the summer, the 24 year-old Bonne has taken to the Championship like a duck to water and his overall performances have been the most impressive thing about the forward as he continues to take the league by storm.
Despite having previous experience in the Football League, the former Colchester United forward struggled to adapt early on before being properly trusted by Bowyer as he was chucked into the deep end because of Taylor’s injury.
The Montserrat international is just returning from a two-month injury layoff and he will be desperate to continue where he left off for Charlton upon his return to action, with the striker having scored 22 league goals last season on the Addicks way to League One play-off glory.
The 29 year-old striker has previous experience in the Football League with the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Scunthorpe United, using his experience of the leagues to full effect over the past year for Bowyer’s side.
Should Taylor and Bonne be used together as Charlton's strike partnership when both are fit?
Taylor and Bonne can both be considered threats when they are used seperately and as lone strikers with a second striker who plays more deep alongside them, however the pair together in a partnership could be the Championship’s most dangerous strike pairing.
Both of them have already proven that they have goals in them this season, and both are at different ends of the spectrum when it comes to being in their prime. Taylor’s experience would be vital alongside Bonne who is still adjusting to the Championship and continuing to readjust to life as a Football League player.
Both players are similar as in they like to run in behind, have pace about them and are capable of scoring goals, with the pair together also easing young loanee from Chelsea, Conor Gallagher, the burden of having to chip in with goals from his advanced midfield position every game.
Bowyer should really consider using the pair together.