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League 1 Spotlight: Charlton Athletic

Tom Hancock assesses the Addicks.

13 July 2018

One of the early favourites for a top six finish in 2018/19, Charlton enjoyed a strong end to the last campaign under Lee Bowyer, narrowly losing to Shrewsbury in the play-off semi-finals.

With a proposed takeover seemingly edging closer to completion as well, the Addicks will be hoping to hit the ground running and make it back to the Championship at the third attempt – and for the second time in seven years.

At the time of writing, Charlton only have 17 registered first team players – including just one goalkeeper. That number will increase, of course, but it’s perhaps a little concerning with only three weeks until the big kick-off. However, they did pick up a couple of quality loanees last season – Chelsea defender Jay Dasilva and Bolton ‘keeper Ben Amos – and there's every chance they'll do the same again.

Regardless, the Addicks look set to have to work with a relatively small squad. If quality really does outweigh quantity, though, and they avoid any rotten luck with injuries, that shouldn't be a problem. Don't be surprised to see them right in the mix for promotion.

Last season: 6th in League One

Caretaker manager: Lee Bowyer
Bowyer won six of his 12 games in charge at the end of 2017/18, with his appointment to his first managerial role coming in March after the departure of Karl Robinson. His arrival at Charlton as a coach in early 2017 saw him return to the club where he began his playing career.

The former midfielder was a key member of the Leeds sides that reached the UEFA Cup and Champions League semi-finals in the early 2000s, before going on to have spells with West Ham, Newcastle, Birmingham and Ipswich. He won his only England cap in a 2002 friendly against Portugal.

Star player: Josh Magennis
Signed from Kilmarnock after Northern Ireland’s memorable Euro 2016 campaign – in which he made three substitute appearances – the 27-year-old striker has netted ten league goals in each of his first two seasons at the Valley. While he may not be prolific in scoring terms, his pace and strong physical presence make him a constant threat and a key component of the Addicks attack. He was also a goalkeeper as a youngster, which could always come in handy.

Key ins: Striker Lyle Taylor is the only new signing so far, joining on a free transfer after reaching the end of his contract at Wimbledon. A proven scorer in the EFL, he bagged 15 league goals for a struggling Dons side last season.

Key outs: Veteran midfielder and skipper Johnnie Jackson has retired and joined the coaching staff, while highly rated England U21 defender Ezri Konsa has moved to Brentford.

EFL head-to-head:
Meetings: 4
Wycombe wins: 0
Charlton wins: 4
Draws: 0

First meeting: 08/08/2009 (League One): Charlton 3-2 Wycombe (Wycombe scorer: Chris Zebroski (2))

Last meeting: 21/04/2012 (League One): Charlton 2-1 Wycombe (Wycombe scorer: Stuart Beavon)

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