Charlton are starting to build some momentum after a stunning 6-1 win over Crawley in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
Nigel Adkins’ side lost four of their first five competitive fixtures and picked up one point from those games, a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day, in a dreadful opening few weeks of the 2021/22 campaign.
They managed to turn things around last weekend with a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, before dishing out a 6-1 hammering to Crawley on Tuesday. Josh Davison scored twice, with Corey Taylor, Elliot Lee and Mason Burstow also scoring, along with an own goal from Crawley’s George Francomb.
There are always positives and negatives that can be taken from games and the latter for this match came in the form of Charlie Baker’s display at right-back.
The teenager full-back was handed an opportunity by Adkins to show that he can come in and perform to a high standard, potentially with the view to him getting more chances in League One this season. However, he was unable to do that as he struggled on the pitch despite the 6-1 win.
Baker was handed a SofaScore rating of 6.6 for his display, whilst eight of the other starters achieved scores of 7.1 or higher. Per SofaScore, the 18-year-old gave away possession of the ball 20 times from 60 touches, which means that he gave Crawley the ball once in every three touches. With a pass success rate of 66%, this suggests that he was unable to offer a reliable option in possession as he consistently failed to find a teammate with his passes and loose touches.
Only three of his seven attempted long passes and crosses came off and he registered zero shots on target or chances created. This means that he was not able to offer a consistent attacking threat down the right flank to support his teammates.
Defensively, the full-back also failed to impress. Per SofaScore, he did not complete a single tackle in the 90 minutes he played, whilst making two interceptions, two clearances and zero blocks. He also lost 60% of his defensive duels, losing five of his eight aerial battles and one of his two ground duels.
He let himself down as he was off the pace at both ends of the pitch. Hopefully, however, he will be given a chance to make up for this howler of a performance in the next round of the competition and show that this display was a one-off.