Charlton carried on their incredible form at the top of the Championship table over the weekend.
There were again standout performances from players such as Lyle Taylor, Jonathan Leko and Conor Gallagher – the first of which sits at the top of the top goalscorer charts. However, with Charlton having one of the smallest budgets in the division, they have not relied on individual talent to take them to second in the league after six games, rather all-round team performances.
At the heart of that is captain Jason Pearce, who at 31 has had a great start to the Championship campaign marshalling his side. Alongside new signing Tom Lockyer, Charlton seem to have found a really solid pairing who have only conceded five goals in six games.
According to WhoScored, Pearce had the joint best rating for all of the defenders, scoring a 7.4 out of 10 for his performance. He was extremely assured with the ball at his feet, having a successful passing percentage rate of 86 per cent, as well as having 5.6 per cent of the total possession in the match – the third-most in the team.
Defensively, Pearce won two defensive aerials, made four clearances, one interception and had a 100 per cent success rate for tackles attempted, according to WhoScored.
His defensive performance was an important part of Charlton’s win, and his average for 7.04 for the season (WhoScored) in his five appearances has been a big reason for their successful start to the campaign. What’s more, is that he has set the tone for the attitude within the team, throwing himself into every challenge and rallying a side which is currently riding a strong wave of form.
With the 14 signings Charlton have made, their squad looks to be growing in confidence with each win, and the team that looked favourites for relegation now will believe they can do more than just salvage themselves within this division.
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