29 year-old striker Lyle Taylor may be one of the best goalscorers in the Football League, however his season has been curtailed so far by injury.
Taylor, though, isn’t far away from a return to the pitch for the Addicks, and he’ll be looking to take his spot back off of the in-form forward Macauley Bonne.
Taylor had managed to net five goals in six games during the Championship season before injury ruled him out of the last couple of months, while Bonne has netted five goals in eight Championship appearances as he settles into life in England’s second tier.
24 year-old Bonne made the step up to the Championship in the summer from League Two club Leyton Orient, who had just been promoted after winning the National League last season.
The Zimbabwe international has taken his chance well now that it has been presented to him after spending the first month or so of the season as a bench warmer at The Valley, however his performances have propelled him to the forefront of Lee Bowyer’s thinking.
Does Bonne deserve to keep his Charlton spot?
Bonne will have learnt a lot from fellow striker Taylor already over pre-season and having watched the striker’s early performances during August.
It’s obvious to see that Bonne’s been paying attention to what manager Lee Bowyer has been instructing him to do, and he has taken his Leyton Orient form to a whole new level this campaign as the step up three divisions hasn’t fazed the striker in the slightest.
The former Colchester United youth graduate’s performances have been mirrored off of how Taylor plays, with Bonne running in behind off the last shoulder of the defender and always being an outlet further up the pitch with his electric pace constantly terrifying opposition defenders.
With Taylor returning, Bonne should be the one that keeps the main striker spot due to his recent performances in the league and being deserving of the chance to keep his form going.
There is a chance of Bonne and Taylor working together as a strike partnership that is bound to strike fear into the opposition defences, but one of them playing alongside the likes of Jonathan Leko is surely what’s going to work best for Bowyer and his Charlton side.
24 year-old Bonne’s performances this season have been deserving of a spot up front for Charlton now that Taylor is almost back, but whatever Bowyer goes with, then the Addicks are sure to be dangerous when going forward.