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In opposition: Charlton Athletic - ones to watch

29 October 2021

Charlton Athletic returned the bulk of its scoring from the 2020/21 campaign despite the loss of top scorer Chuks Aneke in the summer.

Conor Washington, Jayden Stockley and Jake Forster-Caskey combined for 25 goals last campaign, but injuries have curbed some of the scoring prowess of the club this season. Forster-Caskey is out for the foreseeable future with an ACL injury leaving an opportunity for loan players like forward Jonathan Leko, as well as newcomer defender Sam Lavelle to earn valuable playing time. Leko is already on the scoreboard and turned provider in attack as he and Stockley have linked up well, combining for seven goals and three assists. The pair have also teamed for 14 shots on target in 17 games across all competitions in addition to 40 shots total.

 

Jonathan Leko

Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jonathan Leko and his family moved to England when he was just eight years-old where he then joined the Academy at West Bromwich Albion.

Dubbed a “diamond in the rough”, Leko quickly adapted to football and showed what has been termed an “adaptive creative ability”. He would go on to begin his senior career with the Albion, serving loan spells with Bristol City and Charlton Athletic during his five years at The Hawthorns. In August 2020, Leko signed a three-year deal with Birmingham City, despite suffering an ACL injury in December 2019 which left him unable would not make his debut until October 2020.

In August 2021, Leko completed a season-long loan deal at The Valley. This season, he has scored two goals and provided three assists. Leko also has 25 crosses, three interceptions and eight tackles won. Internationally, Leko has participated for England with the U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 squads. In September 2019, he made his U20 debut for the Three Lions in a goalless draw against the Netherlands.

 

Albie Morgan

Born in Portsmouth, 21-year-old midfielder Albie Morgan came through the Academy at Charlton Athletic before signing his first professional contract with the Addicks in May 2018. He made his senior debut for the club in a Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon, later joining Ebbsfleet United on a short-term loan deal in October 2019. He would quickly be recalled by his parent club just a month later. This season, the youngster has played in nine games across all competitions and supplies most of the deliveries into the box for the Addicks. He has delivered 73 crosses – triple what the second-most on the team is in that area He has also picked up 10 interceptions and 12 tackles won in defence.

 

Jayden Stockley

A striker that has seen time at clubs the likes of Bournemouth, Aberdeen and Exeter City, Jayden Stockley arrived at Charlton Athletic in January 2021 on loan from parent club Preston North End. After scoring eight goals in his loan deal to the end of the 2020/21 season, Stockley signed a three-year permanent contract with the Addicks in the summer.

In his youth, Stockley played for the Bournemouth Academy before signing a contract with the club and playing his first senior game under former manager Eddie Howe in 2009. During his seven-year stint with the Cherries, Stockley would serve loan spells at Dorchester Town, Accrington Stanley, Leyton Orient among others until making a move to the Scottish Premiership and Aberdeen in 2016. In 2017, he moved to Exeter City, scoring 41 goals in 66 games across two seasons with the club.

Since his arrival, including the loan spell last season, Stockley has scored 13 goals for the Addicks. This season, he leads the team with five goals scoring the matchwinner last weekend at Sunderland. He averages 0.63 goals per shots on target, while adding 0.73 shots on target per game. He has scored in each of the last two games for the Addicks.

 

Conor Washington

Having played in 11 matches and collected seven starts for Charlton Athletic this season, Conor Washington was the second-highest goal scorer last season for the club with 11 to his credit. So far this season, Washington has two goals (including one from the penalty spot) and an assist.

He has registered the second-most shots (21), while hitting six on target for 28.6% shots on target ratio. He enters the weekend against Rovers averaging 2.95 shots per game. Washington joined Charlton Athletic in 2020, having previously served one-year spells with Sheffield United (2018/19) and Hearts of Midlothian (2019/20) in Scotland.

Born in Kent, Washington began his senior career at St. Ives Town in 2009, scoring 54 goals in 84 appearances for the club, before spending two years at Newport County. Washington then went on to score 27 goals at Peterborough United, later playing two seasons at Queens Park Rangers where he bagged 13 goals. Eligible to play internationally for both Scotland and Northern Ireland, he chose the latter for his international career, currently serving as a member of the Northern Ireland National Team since 2016.

He scored his first senior international goal in 2016, bagging against Slovenia in a friendly. He scored his first competitive goal for Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match against Norway in 2017 after serving with the national team at the Euros 2016.

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