New striker signing gets first minutes in a Charlton shirt – as boss Bowyer happy to see other recent recruits also in action

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Omar Bogle got his first minutes for Charlton Athletic during an in-house game at the weekend – with manager Lee Bowyer warning the striker will take time to build up his sharpness.

The 28-year-old, a free agent after leaving Cardiff City this summer, has signed a 12-month deal with the option of extending his stay by another season.

Bogle joined Dutch club ADO Den Haag on loan in the January transfer window but featured just five times before the Eredivisie was suspended in mid-March. The following month the campaign was voided.

“He has got power, strength and pace,” said Bowyer. “We have to play to his strengths. If I’m a player then I’m thinking about getting the ball to his feet and then running off him. He can finish and he’s got a lovely left foot.

“He got 50 minutes in an 11v11 in-house game at the weekend. Omar did okay for someone who hasn’t really kicked a ball for months and months and months.

“Omar is a targetman with pace. He will score and assist.

“Don’t get me wrong – he still has to catch up, like some of the other lads we’ve signed. My worry is whether we’ve got enough time to catch up to the teams at the top when they are fully up to speed.

“Chuks Aneke got around 50 minutes, Marcus Maddison got 40-50 minutes, Akin [Famewo] got 60 and so did Ben Watson.”

Bowyer is set to be without Deji Oshilaja for tomorrow’s home game against Wigan. The former Wimbledon man has a foot injury.

Alex Gilbey and Jason Pearce are also still ruled out.

“We trained tough on Tuesday and then yesterday and Friday will just be shape work,” said Bowyer.

“We’ve got players coming back from international duty and Chris Gunter [signed last week] hadn’t even trained with us [because he was away with Wales].

“We’ll have to smash the shape stuff because the lads haven’t done anything with us, they are new to us – it is like restarting, rebooting again.

“You normally do this stuff before the start of a season but we haven’t been able to do that because of the embargo.”

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