It’s undoubtedly been a positive start for The Addicks this season. With 3 wins out of 4 in the league so far, how much of a chance do Charlton really have of achieving promotion and getting back to the Championship?
After such a disappointing season last, Robinson knew he had to have an extremely good transfer window. The side was a one man team last season and without Ricky Holmes, relegation was likely. And Robinson has certainly done what he had to do.
With Rudd going back to Norwich a goalkeeper was needed and so Amos was brought in on loan from Bolton. After a bad first two games Amos has shown he’s certainly the man for the job with two fantastic performances aginst Northampton and Rotherham. Without his performances both games certainly could’ve not gone Charlton’s way.
Da Silva was brought back in on loan from Chelsea after an extremely positive loan spell towards the end of last year’s campaign. Meanwhile Bauer and Pearce are proving to be an extremely solid centre back pairing. Solly has had an okay start but is perhaps one of the weaker players in the side.
Kashi returning from injury coupled with an upturn in from Forster-Caskey means we have an extremely strong partnership in holding midfield. Holmes is playing as well as he did last season while Fosu is proving to be a stronger second winger than anyone we had last season.
A number 10 was certainly needed and Billy Clarke was brought in from Bradford. The addition was questioned at first but he’s had a fantastic start to life at Charlton being a man of the match contender for all games so far.
Maggenis has had a questionable start to the season, missing some sitters and costing us the match at Plymouth. But with two goals to his name he’s not been awful.
The Addicks’s starting XI is certainly one of the strongest in the league. Charlton have played breathtaking, quick, passing football which the four opponents have certainly struggled to defend against so far this season. The Addicks have shown they can defend resolutely and attack fantastically. The one negative I feel with the team is the squad depth. The bench is very weak with the likes of Hacket-Fairchild, Novak and Ahearne-Grant as the attacking options, there is a real lack of strength in depth and no one who can come on and change the game. However when Marshall and Reeves return from injuries we’ll certainly have much stronger options but a striker is certainly needed to boost the Addicks’s options.
WIth The Addicks currently in fourth, just three teams are above The Reds. Some of the favourites like Bradford and Blackburn haven’t had impressive starts, currently sitting outside the top 6. Portsmouth and Southend also tipped for positive seasons sit 15 and 16th respectively. Only Wigan are the ones living up to the teams hopes of a top two finish with Peterbororugh and Shrewsbury punching above their weight. The fact that the expected promotion rivals have had bad starts are certainly a positive as it means we have an advantage on all of them already.
Robinson has certainly built a great team spirit within the squad. Over the Summer he has changed the team in to one that looked disinterested at times last season in to one that will give it 100% every game and he deserves massive credit for this. However the one negative with Robinson is that he really lacks a plan B. He never changes formation and when we are in a losing position, sticking with the same tactics are unlikely to change anything.
In my opinion, with a bit of luck this could easily be a succesful season and achieve promotion back to the Championship. But a striker will have to be added by Thursday (Deadline Day) for that chance to be likely. We would currently have no good options if Maggenis were to get injured and with and 1 upfront formation could experience a goal drought if the striker isn’t good enough. Other than that there is certainly no reason why Charlton won’t go up next season.
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