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Charlton’s Aiden McGeady has done nothing to disprove doubts

Aiden McGeady made his first start for Charlton Athletic during the 2-0 loss against Blackburn Rovers, and did nothing to disprove the doubts about him.

On the chalkboard

The Republic of Ireland international was one of the three loanees brought in by the Addicks on deadline day, alongside Matt Smith and David Davis.

While he had a decent record in League One for Sunderland, scoring four and assisting two in 13 starts and two substitute appearances, there are questions to be asked about the practicality of this move.

FFC has already suggested that it will be difficult for the 33-year-old to slot into Lee Bowyer’s favoured system, and his performance against Blackburn – as part of the midfield three – has done absolutely nothing to disprove those doubts.

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The dilemma continues

He had come on as a substitute for the last 31 minutes against Nottingham Forest, but this was his first time starting a match in a Charlton shirt, offering the biggest indication yet of how Bowyer plans on utilising him.

The Irishman was placed on the left side of the main midfield three for the 69 minutes he was on the pitch, lining up alongside Josh Cullen and Davis.

However, he was largely ineffective, as is signified by the fact that he was given the lowest WhoScored rating of any player involved in the game, getting just 5.7. That can also be supported by the statistics below.

All of the above shows how little an impact he had on the game, whether that is in the attacking or defensive phase.

He didn’t make any successful tackles, interceptions or clearances, while being dribbled past twice and didn’t win a single aerial duel, via WhoScored.

The results weren’t too much better when he had the ball at his feet either, as he failed with his one attempted dribble.

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There was one saving grace for the 33-year-old, which was his passing, due to the fact that he had a success rate of 84% and made one key pass.

When he came off to be replaced by Macauley Bonne, he did so having contributed very little to the game, meaning Bowyer still has the dilemma of how to get the best out of him.

Meanwhile, there was one bright spark in the Blackburn game.

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