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After an excellent start to the campaign, Charlton have slowly began to tail off as injury problems mount.
Lee Bowyer’s side went unbeaten in their first six games back in the Championship, winning four and drawing two, although they have struggled to keep key players out of the physio room.
Lyle Taylor – who netted five times in those first six games and hasn’t played since – is still yet to return from damaged knee ligaments, while Jonny Williams is also looking at a number of weeks on the sidelines.
Despite these issues, there is one man who has delivered awful back-to-back performances during what is now a four-game winless run.
It wouldn’t be harsh to say that Naby Sarr has been in terrible form these past two weeks.
The 26-year-old was subbed off at half-time in the 1-0 defeat to Preston – his 45-minute showing angered these supporters – before he was at fault for both goals in Charlton’s 2-1 defeat to Millwall, another game that attracted angry responses from some fans.
As a result, Sarr should be dropped for one man who has waited patiently for a serious chance.
Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen described the 26-year-old as a “strong, dependable” centre-back upon his arrival, and after some consecutively terrible performances from Sarr, Bowyer should see no problems with at least giving Oshilaja a chance to prove himself.
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It is evident that Sarr isn’t himself right now, having left The Den turf in tears last week, and it must be said that it was a shock to even see him start against Millwall after being hooked at half-time against Preston.
It won’t do the Senegalese defender much good for Bowyer to keep thrusting him into the limelight, only for Sarr to play poorly, attract criticism and become even more upset.
The Charlton boss must take him out of the firing line, and Oshilaja deserves a chance as a result.