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38-cap international, 1-goal flop: 2 Charlton players who must step up for Lee Bowyer – opinion

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Opinion series, which provides analysis, insight and opinion on any issue within the beautiful game, from Paul Pogba’s haircuts to League Two relegation battles…

Charlton have enjoyed an excellent start to life back in the Championship.

Lee Bowyer oversaw an unbeaten start to the campaign in which the Addicks won four and drew two of their first six games, and have won five and drawn three of their 11 Championship games in total.

The south Londoners sit just four points off the Championship summit, and everything seems to be going fairly well at The Valley.

There are, however, two players who should probably be doing a bit better…

Tomer Hemed

The Israel international is a player who knows where the back of the net is, having scored 17 goals in 38 games for his country.

In addition to that impressive record, the 32-year-old has scored a decent amount of goals at Championship level before, so why has he not netted for Charlton yet? It’s not like he can argue that he isn’t familiar with the division.

Hemed notched 17 goals for Brighton in the 2015/16 season, and went on to hit 11 the following year – he does know how to score goals in the Championship, and it is down to him to rediscover his goalscoring touch for the Addicks.

Chuks Aneke

Having scored 17 goals in League One last season, Charlton fans would’ve been forgiven for thinking they were getting a striker who knows where the goal is when Chuks Aneke arrived back in the summer.

Disappointingly, the 26-year-old has scored just once in eight appearances this term.

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You might argue that we’re being harsh given the fact Aneke has moved up a division, but if Macauley Bonne – a player who Charlton signed from Non-League back in the summer – can deliver the goods with two goals in five appearances, then Aneke can step up a bit.

If these two players could turn it up a notch, Charlton could potentially fly up the table.

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