Charlton Athletic will bid to continue their impressive start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign after rising to eighth in the table when they travel to Bristol City on Wednesday night, and manager Lee Bowyer will be faced with a considerable dilemma as to he opts for in the Addicks’ starting XI.
Having comfortably beaten Derby County 3-0 in their last league game, Bowyer’s side are exhibiting form that could see them reach the play-off places come the end of the season, and therefore altering an XI in excellent form may be difficult for the Charlton boss to justify.
However, Jonny Williams left the field of play after 31 minutes with a knee injury with the Welshman replaced by West Brom loanee Sam Field, and the 21-year-old’s impressive display that culminated in him registering an assist could earn him a starting berth for the visit to Ashton Gate.
The club have provided no update on the extent of Williams’ injury, and therefore whilst it is possible the 26-year-old could feature on Wednesday night, this could present the perfect opportunity for Bowyer to rest Williams if fit, but also give Field the platform to impress after an assured performance in their victory against the Rams last weekend.
With the increased fixture congestion that the upcoming winter months will provide, the depth of Bowyer’s squad will be fully tested following their arrival in the Championship, though in a bid to ensure they can retain the momentum from their victory over Derby, wholesale changes are unlikely.
Jake Forster-Caskey should deputise again at left-wing back owing to the ongoing absence of Ben Purrington, with Darren Pratley forming part of a back-three in a bid to retain some defensive solidity for the trip to face Lee Johnson’s side.
Jonathan Leko is likely to start given his impressive start to the season after scoring two goals and registering two assists, meanwhile, Bowyer would be unwise to remove Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher from the starting XI after his exceptional campaign so far with five league goals to his name, including a long-range strike against Derby last time out.
Dillon Phillips is likely to retain his starting berth in goal, whilst regular starters Chris Solly and Josh Cullen also look set to remain in the XI as they have for much of the season.
And with star striker Lyle Taylor absent through injury, Macauley Bonne will most probably continue leading the line for Bowyer’s side. He’s scored three times in his last four appearances.