BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer reckons his Charlton Athletic side have 10 Championship points in the bank already – because all his players have a point to prove.
The Addicks have got the lowest budget in the division and have not been able to sign tried and tested talent.
Bowyer said: “Unfortunately we don’t have as much [money] as the others. But it doesn’t mean we’re going to be worse than them. Our recruitment is going to be important, between now and the end of the season.”
“The players we’re bringing in and looking to bring in are people who haven’t really done so well in the Championship.
“If they have had a go then they’ve done okay – they’ve never set it alight. Lyle [Taylor] has never played there – he’s got a point to prove.
“That alone, with their team spirit and togetherness they will have, is going to give them 10 points with our home fans. That’s 10 points and we haven’t even started yet. They are hungry and want to do well.
“Last year no-one expected us to go up but their hunger and will to win they became robots in the end.
“No-one took their foot off the pedal – the last 12 games we won nine or 10 of them. We won six on the spin and no-one talked about it. This is what we’ve got to take into this season.”
Bowyer has high expectations of Taylor, who scored 25 goals last season.
“He can be as good as he wants to be,” said the Charlton chief. “He has the attributes. Not only does he score goals, he provides goals. If he doesn’t score for two or three games then don’t worry about that, because he will be supplying chances.
“People say I hope he scores 15 goals – he’s had a good season. Not for me, I think he’ll score 20 if he wants to and has a bit of luck in front of goal and with injuries.”