1. Neither Charlton nor Leeds have what it takes to drag themselves away from the Championship dropzone.
Lacking a cutting edge in front of goal and being naive at the back, it was a scrappy 0-0 at The Valley, involving a large number of easy chances missed. Both sides went into this season woefully under-prepared with an over-reliance on youth in an unforgiving league That’s not to say these issues can’t be addressed but both will need to in January if they are not to be in a relegation scrap at the end of the season.
2. Charlton do not perform against teams lower in the league.
It seems the Addicks have become a soft tough for the struggling sides. And that’s all because of the way they have been set up this year. Put them against a Brighton, a Derby, a Hull or a Sheffield Wednesday and the counter-attacking Addicks will cause trouble. But they can’t break down the likes of Leeds , making them easily frustrated and susceptible to sucker-punches.
The aerial presence of Simon Makienok is Charlton’s best weapon to address that. But Karel Fraeye doesn’t seem too keen on the giant Dane, especially after a lacklustre performance against Ipswich recently.
3. Youngsters continue to impress with Ademola Lookman the pick of the bunch.
Fast and skilful, Lookman has got all the skills to take him to the top. Let’s just hope The Valley can enjoy him for a few years go to come. Likewise Tareiq Holmes-Dennis looks a real find at left-back while Harry Lennon, at centre-back, is another with a bright future. Despite more protests outside from disgruntled fans, it’s not all doom and gloom at The Valley.
4. There’s no doubt the match on Tuesday night against Bolton is the biggest of the season so far.
Bottom of the league and in financial doom, the Trotters are there for the taking. There were (officially) just 12,000 at The Valley on Saturday. If there’s one game the stay-away fans need to return for then it’s Tuesday night.
5. Charlton have had some memorable managerial outfits over the last few seasons.
From Chris Powell’s stylish flatcaps to Jose Riga’s lucky grey suit, the head coaches have cut a striking figure on the touchline. So Fraeye must have been thinking for some time of a USP. On Saturday he unveiled “the waistcoat”. Braving the mid-December chill he will at least be remembered for something before merry go-round starts again and someone else takes over.
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