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Charlton: Naby Sarr carries on performing well under the radar alongside Lockyer

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

So far in the 2019/20 campaign, Charlton have conceded just 12 goals in 12 Championship games.

A huge reason for the Addicks’ excellent defensive record, conceding just one goal per game on average, is Wales international Tom Lockyer’s arrival.

Some Charlton fans have already expressed their admiration for the 24-year-old after his performance against Leeds, but one man who has been playing alongside him most weeks hasn’t quite got the adoration he deserves.

Naby Sarr.

With most of the focus on Lockyer at times – Lee Bowyer also sung his praises – the 26-year-old has often flown under the radar, but he deserves a lot of praise for his performance against Derby.

The Frenchman managed to grab his first goal of the season with a towering effort from a corner. A deep delivery was swung to the back post, where Sarr leapt highest to nod home and double the south Londoners’ lead after Macauley Bonne had opened the scoring.

Aside from his goal, the centre-back was cool, composed and collected at the back.

Sarr made a whopping six clearances and also registered three interceptions, while also completing a tackle.

He also continued his threat going forward by recording a key pass, and it’s certainly time to shine the spotlight on the normally unsung hero who admirably goes about his business in quiet, respectable fashion.

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Bowyer’s side are now sitting pretty in 7th place after the comprehensive win, in which loan star Conor Gallagher found the net once again with an absolute screamer.

Amazingly, given the fact that the Addicks have only just been promoted into the second tier, they are also just four points off the top of the Championship table – Sarr has started five of those games, but always seems to do a job when called upon and rarely lets the team down.

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