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‘That really opens the battle up’ – Charlton fan pundit assesses the dilemma now facing Lee Bowyer

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Football League World’s Charlton Athletic fan pundit Robert Smith has given his verdict on the dilemma facing Lee Bowyer at right-back following the club’s latest deal.

On Thursday, the club confirmed the signing of Adam Matthews on a free transfer, meaning that Chris Solly will now have some serious competition for the role going forward.

And although Smith expects Solly to remain as first-choice, he believes it will give Bowyer a lot to think about.

“It’s another headache for the manager,” the regular punter told Football League World.

“Solly, of course, is a Charlton favourite, celebrating his tenth season playing for us, and is always defensively dependable.

“So I would expect him to keep his place at present but both have had issues with injury in recent years and that really opens the battle up to get in the side.

“Matthews does offer Bowyer more in an attacking sense and can fit into that wing-back position in a 3-5-1-1 formation that Bowyer has played numerous times this season, which could offer a bit more flexibility in games and could give him an edge.”

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During his four years at the Stadium of Light, Matthews made just 67 appearances, notching two goals and nine assists, but was let go in the summer with the Black Cats needing to trim their wage bill.

Solly, who has played 300 times for the Addicks, will be eager to keep a hold of the spot he has held for the opening six matches of the season, however.

And it is a case of so far so good, with the South-East Londoners currently sat in second-place with six matches played, winning four and drawing two as they enter the international break.

Matthews’ arrival takes Lee Bowyer’s summer activity to a total of 15 new signings as he looks to make this season another memorable one for the Valley faithful, following their League One promotion.


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