An excellent start would be on Charlton’s halfway season report after 24 League games played now.
4th with 43 points has now seen the Addicks consolidate their position into the top six thanks to a great run of form with seven wins from their last nine league games.
Hats off to Lee Bowyer, Johnnie Jackson and Steve Gallen. First of all to get players in with the small budget given to them by the owner and secondly getting those boys to push for promotion, especially with the run of injuries they have had to deal with. The likes of Forster-Caskey, Clarke, Page, Aribo, Lapslie, Bauer and Vetokele have all missed parts of the season, or in the case of a couple, no League football at all.
History shows over the past 4 seasons that Charlton have been in the third tier of English football, that they have picked up fewer points in the second half of the season, than the first. However the transfer window is poking his head around the corner.
The main question that will be answered is will Bowyer be given an adequate budget to play with by the current owner?
The club has been up for sale for what seems forever now. Why the owner would now give him money to improve the squad when he had no intention to do so back in the summer?
Could the squad be reduced in numbers though? With 12 players currently out of contract at the end of the season, would the owner take a cheeky offer from a rival club for one or two of them?
Those fears will be answered by the end of next month, but what will be the state of the squad is anyone’s guess. Promotion is a strong possibility but if the management are backed by the owner, not hinded in any shape or form.