How Will Charlton Fare In The Championship?5 min read
Luton Town, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic were all promoted from League One last season. We look at how Charlton did it, what they will bring to the Championship and how they can strengthen over the summer.
The 2018-19 story…
For a long time, Charlton Athletic have been defined by Roland Duchatelet’s ill-fated ownership regime.
Manager Lee Bowyer and assistant Johnnie Jackson have not taken away the discontent towards Duchatelet, but they have provided a refreshing antidote to the off-field gloom.
Just a reminder that Lee Bowyer is still not under contract for next season. Staggering. But not, if you get what I mean. #cafc
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) May 28, 2019
Bowyer, a local ‘lad’ and Jackson, an Addicks stalwart, galvanized natives straight away – but they have also proved very good coaches in their own right.
In the first half of the season, Charlton were very reliant on strikers Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant, but the team surprisingly improved after the latter left for Huddersfield.
The Londoners have created a higher volume of chances since January, so even though Taylor-partner stand-ins such as Josh Parker nor Igor Vetokele have proved quite as clinical, the team has improved collectively.
That shows Bowyer and Jackson have the adaptability to not only produce an initial blueprint for success, but also make successful changes when the odd blow comes their way.
What they’ll bring…
Charlton possess a young, talented and exuberant group of players.
The likes of Albie Morgan and George Lapslie, who have come through the club’s academy, will be out to prove that they can deliver as Championship midfielders.
Dillon Phillips had to wait his turn at the Valley and was excellent in the second half of the season, despite his error at Wembley.
The experience of centre-back Jason Pearce will be very important in a youthful squad; he is one of just three players currently contracted beyond the summer who have played in the top two divisions previously.
🎥 “I am so proud of you…”
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) May 26, 2019
Sorting out a new contract for Lee Bowyer is the most obvious objective – it is difficult to fathom just why the board have not done so yet.
Charlton will also need to the right price for energetic, fleet-footed midfield dynamo Joe Aribo, who has been linked with a summer move for Aston Villa, then find someone similar on a restrictive budget.
There is a selfless creativity to Lyle Taylor’s game as well as 22 league goals we saw him score last term; if the 29-year-old moves on, then two more forwards may be required.
With Ben Purrington’s loan from Rotherham expiring, a left-back may be needed – preferably one with the athleticism to counter-balance the lack of width provided by their midfield diamond.
Charlton Athletic Odds:
To Be Relegated
To Be Promoted