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Curbishley: Charlton Athletic boss facing tough call on which striker to start against Sheffield Wednesday

Dean Holden faces a difficult call about which Charlton Athletic striker to start with in tomorrow’s home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

That’s the verdict of former Addicks manager Alan Curbishley, who feels Macauley Bonne has struggled to make an impact since returning to SE7.

Bonne has not scored in 15 matches this season, six of those since rejoining Charlton after his QPR contract was terminated.

The 27-year-old’s last goal was in Ipswich’s 4-0 win at Gillingham in January 2022.

Miles Leaburn (hip) could be available for the visit of the table-topping Owls.

The 19-year-old has scored six times this season in 26 appearances.

He has been unavailable since the 2-1 win at Exeter City on February 4.

Curbishley told Charlton TV: “Playing up there on your own is a difficult job and Macauley Bonne has not adapted to it very well at the moment.

“I think he (Holden) will be scratching his head about the centre-forward position, because since Macauley has been brought in he has invariably been brought off (in games) because it has not quite happened.

“It was the same when Chuks (Aneke) started in midweek (at Forest Green Rovers). He was battling away up there but never really got going.

“He looks better when he comes on as a sub.

“I don’t know whether Dean can start thinking about changing the shape and getting two of them up there, or if Miles is fit then he comes in.

“He’s in a bit of a quandary there.”


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