Bowyer and his men should deservedly be enjoying the international break as they completed the first block of games with a 2-0 victory over Reading. They head into September second in the league having amassed an impressive 14 points from the first 6 games.
Not many would have predicted such a return from the relegation favourites before the season but the impressive work of the management and the playing staff have set a high standard for the games to come.
Charlton Athletic aren’t here just to make up the numbers.
The break has come at a good time for the Addicks as they look to get arrivals such as Kayal and new signing Adam Matthews fully up to speed and recover any injury niggles picked up during a frantic start to the campaign.
Yet, as a fan, most are itching to carry on the momentum and will feel as though the next game, against Birmingham, can’t come soon enough. The boys in red have simply been a joy to watch in the opening stages of the season.
They’ve answered every question posed of them so far, from the excellent attacking display against Stoke to the dogged and warrior triumph over west-London neighbours Brentford. As it stands, this team has proved they can match anyone in the league and simply refuse to be beaten.
The only thing left to be seen is how the boys in SE7 will react to a defeat or two, which will inevitably happen sooner or later. Despite this, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this side can only improve.
Players, most notably Connor Gallagher who has shown a good eye for goal, have hit the ground running. Yet, there are others still to come into the fray as match sharpness is built up and players continue to gel together.
Fans haven’t seen Kayal yet, a player who Bowyer speaks highly of. Chuks Aneke has made good contributions when he’s played, Sam Field and Oztumer are getting up to speed. You could go on and on and on and on. There’s so much more depth in the squad than any supporter has seen for a number of years.
It’s important Bowyer’s men continue the good form, whilst the opening fixtures looked tough and demanding, the next run of 6 games will surely pose even more challenging questions of Bowyer and his side.
There are no easy games in the Championship but looking at the upcoming fixtures, picking up points against Birmingham and Wigan will be especially important as Charlton look to establish themselves in their new division.
Charlton play Leeds, Swansea, Fulham and Derby after Wigan and these are all sides who will be looking to be in and around the top six come the end of the season. A tough task.
Until target 50 points is met, staying in the division must remain the focal aim but it will be interesting to see how the table shapes up should Charlton be able to rise up against the more challenging opposition on paper.
It’s only six games, there are plenty of twists and turns to come, there are still problems at the club. But right now every single Charlton fan, player and member of staff should be enjoying the journey.
I know I am.