Thursday, 19 September 2019

Taylor injury same as for Bauer

Lyle Taylor has the same injury as the one that kept Patrick Bauer out for two months last season. Taylor will have to wear a leg brace for a few weeks and will then be assessed: Knee ligaments

Bowyer can't take risks with Williams

Jonny Williams quickly established himself as a fans' favourite at Charlton, but Lee Bowyer did not start him against Birmingham City. Bowyer admits that Ehrun Otzumer did not achieve what he hoped for in terms of unlocking the Blues.

However, Bowyer regards Williams as a precious resource who has to be protected against injury: Bowyer explains why Williams was benched

Bowyer thinks that if we were still playing against Birmingham we wouldn't have scored and that's how I felt towards the end of the game.

What Albie Morgan needs to do

Grant Basey discusses Albie Morgan's situation. He has fallen down the pecking order at The Valley and failed to get a loan: Advice for Albie

It may be one of those cases where a player was brought on too quickly given the thinness of the squad last season.

Good sense has prevailed and no action is to be taken against Lee Bowyer after his sending off last Saturday.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Roland's sidekick has mystery guests

Roland's point man Lieven de Turck had not been seen at The Valley since the play off final and his small band of fans feared that he may have been reassigned to a new role in the Belgian's business empire.

However, he reappeared at the match against Birmingham City. VOTV editor Rick Everitt commented that this 'may have been the first Saturday match he’s seen in 21 months representing Duchatelet.'

He had guests who had been shown around but sat elsewhere. According to the Rickster, they 'were a party of five who sat in west block C, four men and a woman. Men were Middle Eastern in appearance, according to eye witnesses. At that stage I understand they had had two meetings with LDT but not made an offer.'

The Ramsgate-based fan notes, 'Other established interested parties - Aussies, Dalman - have been briefed by Charlton about the new approach, which might suggest an attempt to smoke them out, if you’re a cynic.' As many are when it comes to takeover rumours which usually turn out to have less substance than the mist rolling in from the Thames.

Chuks isn't up to it

Lee Bowyer is not convinced that Chuks Aneke is capable of fulfilling the No.9 role in the absence of Lyle Taylor with knee ligament damage. He thinks he is more of a No.10. But he commented at least he has some options whereas last year he had none.

He also commented on the roles of Leko and Hemed. He thinks that Leko tried to complicate things too much last Saturday which I would agree with: Aneke yet to convince Bowyer

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Charlton without Taylor

The SLP's Richard Cawley reflects on Charlton's defeat to Birmingham last Saturday and reckons that in a tight contest Lyle Taylor could well have made the difference: Charlton miss injured striker

Cawley notes that Lee Bowyer has been understandably vague about how long Taylor will be out, but reckons it could be eight to ten weeks.

Cawley also points out that only four goals have been scored by other out-and-out strikers for Charlton in the last 27 games – Vetokele chipping in with three and Jonathan Leko also on target.

Inevitably, Charlton's defeat had to have a Leamington connection with Birmingham's winning goal scored by the son of their former ace striker Mark Bellingham.

Coaching role for Basey

Steve from Petts Wood and I often wondered why Grant Basey couldn't be given a bigger role than kitman (indeed, he did run drills in the warm up), but now he has been appointed first team development coach to bridge the gap between the under 23s and the first team: Coaching role

He was forced into early retirement from the game by injuries, but took his coaching badges at the same time as Johnnie Jackson.