Charlton face Sunderland this weekend in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium, where they will wrap up what has been a hugely successful campaign, particularly amid ongoing struggles away from the pitch.
Promotion seemed so unlikely when the season began but is now just one game away for the Addicks – their achievements have been surprising to say the least but the fact that Lee Bowyer will be scratching his head as to who should start on Sunday shows just how far the SE7 outfit have come in the past eight months or so.
Charlton Live podcast were keen to discuss the big selection headache facing the former midfielder in Thursday night’s match preview and they’re predicting one harsh decision.
Well, speaking on the final pre-match podcast of the term, host Louis Mendez said (00:16:08):
“There’s a question at the back as well, and he has had a very good second half of the season, and he wasn’t the only one really so he might feel unfairly picked out here but (Naby) Sarr looked a little bit nervous [against Doncaster], maybe I’m reading too much into that but we know we’ve got an able deputy in (Jason) Pearcey. Bowyer will have a few decisions to make.”
Tom Wallin then added (00:16:41):
“For me, that one at the back, I think, as we’ve said several times it’s going to be gutting for whichever of those two misses out but, for me, I think I said it on Sunday’s show as well or whenever we did a show last, it’s got to be Pearcey (who starts), just for that experience.”
The big Frenchman has exceeded all expectations this season having endured a rocky few years since signing from Sporting Lisbon in 2015 and has largely kept the aforementioned Pearce out of the starting XI – not an easy feat.
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The last thing that Charlton need, though, on this match of all matches, is players who might not be up to the occasion and Sarr’s ‘nervous’ performance against Donny should be a warning sign for Bowyer. It’s harsh to leave the 25-year-old out based on a singular uncertain game amongst however many great ones but 31-year-old Pearce’s experience will be priceless on Sunday.