BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer says he was surprised that Joe Aribo was not a bigger contender for Charlton Athletic’s Player of the Year award.
Top-scorer Lyle Taylor picked up the top accolade – earning more than 50 per cent of the votes from fans. Naby Sarr was runner-up with Josh Cullen in third place.
“I’m surprised Joe wasn’t in there,” said Bowyer. “I think he has done very well. But I’m happy with the way it went, it was the fans who chose.
“Josh Cullen is just everywhere and has been unreal from the moment he has walked through the door.
“Naby – the way he has turned things around – has been incredible. He was rock bottom and now the way the fans cheer him, it’s an incredible achievement. He has gone from down the bottom to the top.
“Lyle – he scores goals for fun. But it is not just that – it is his work-rate off the ball. He has become an all-round striker now.
“Last night [the awards show on Sunday] I thanked him for choosing us, because he could’ve gone somewhere else – and he chose us. It’s paid off for him.
“I met him in the summer and we had a conversation. I just persuaded him that I’ll improve you and this is the place for you. And it worked. Hopefully now he realises he made the right choice, which I think he does.”