Charlton joined the Championship via the League One play-offs, beating Sunderland with a late goal to join Luton Town and Barnsley in the second tier of English football. The South-East London outfit have suffered huge setbacks already, with key players and almost the manager departing the club.
Lee Bowyer’s promotion-chasing team were dealt a huge blow in the January transfer window when 14 goal Karlan Grant was signed by Premier League side Huddersfield for £2 million, and then in the summer influential midfielder Joe Aribo joined Steven Garrard’s Scottish Premiership side Rangers, with The Addicks reportedly only receiving a tribunal fee of £300,000.
Elsewhere, contract talks with Bowyer himself seemed to have broken down, with the club announcing his departure, only for a U-turn hours later.
Charlton Athletic Fixture Difficulty
Charlton have been handed a favourable opening round of fixtures, as they manage to avoid all 3 relegated clubs from the Premier League as well as any club with higher than a top 9 finish. Last seasons 15th placed Blackburn host Charlton on the opening weekend before Stoke make the trip to The Valley. An away day at fellow promotees Barnsley comes before 2 home games, against Nottingham Forest and Brentford. An away game at Reading concludes the opening six.
Charlton Athletic Penalty Takers
Forward Lyle Taylor converted 8 out of 10 taken penalties last term, with other penalty takers Grant and winger Tariq Fosu having left the club.
Charlton Athletic EFL Fantasy Picks
Taylor is the pick of the bunch, with a good penalty conversion rate, yet Charlton need to fill the creative void if they are to provide him with service.
Charlton Athletic Predicted Lineup
4-3-1-2: Phillips; Dijksteel, Lockyer, Sarr, Purrington; Pratley, Forster-Caskey, Cullen; Parker; Taylor, Bonne