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Alfie May – ‘Unbelievable’ Daniel Kanu must be first name on Charlton teamsheet at moment

Alfie May is League One’s top goalscorer but he reckons that young strike partner Daniel Kanu is probably the first name on Nathan Jones’ teamsheet at the moment.

Former Cheltenham forward May netted twice in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Carlisle United to move on to 20 league goals and 24 in all competitions.

Kanu, 19, also struck in the Valley fixture and the academy product has been given a run in the starting line-up since Jones was appointed manager at the start of last month.

The Sierra Leone international has scored 11 goals in the 2023-24 campaign – four of those coming in one match during a short loan at National League side Southend United in October.

“He’s probably the first name on the teamsheet at the minute,” said May.

“You can see it, as another striker, that he just knows where the net is.

“He’s gone on loan to Southend – probably what he needed. That was only short, but he scored goals there and he’s come back and grabbed the shirt with both hands.

“He’s playing week in, week out and is scoring goals. He’s unbelievable. Him and Karoy [Anderson]. Charlton have got great players on their hands with them two. They are probably going to go to the top level. Everything about them is superb. They deserve everything that is going to come their way.”

Charlton’s attacking options have been bolstered by the recent addition of former Crystal Palace player Connor Wickham.

The ex-England U21 international came on for his Addicks debut in the closing stages of the Carlisle match.

He’s played at the top level. Today, I saw him coming on and I knew exactly what I was doing when it went up to him. At one point he had two defenders on his back. That’s what he brings to the team now. It’s what we needed. When we go long into him, its about getting runners off him and trying to score.”


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