Fosu getting back to his best
Fosu getting back to his best

Tariqe Fosu has yet to reach the heights of last season. He has had a stuttering start to the campaign, but if he can put a run of games together, he will hopefully return to his best soon.

But he faces competition for a place in the team. Jamie Ward is a similar sort of player, and Ben Reeves also likes to operate on the left of midfield.

Long term injury victim Billy Clarke is close to full fitness again,‎ so Lee Bowyer has plenty of options.

On Tuesday, the manager played a more traditional midfield, rather than the narrow diamond shape he has used for most of the season.

The change in formation definitely suited Fosu.

The winger – who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Monday, has had an eventful start to the season.

He was injured coming into the season, and did not make his seasonal debut until the game at Southend at the beginning of September.

Fosu was red carded for his part in the fracas by the corner flag at the end of that game.

Following his three match ban, he reappeared at Luton at the end of the month, where he gave the Addicks the lead from the penalty spot.

Here are his thoughts following the Walsall game:

“It feels good to get minutes and get my fitness as well and it’s back-to-back wins, so I’m delighted.

“It’s been tough for me but I’m getting back to full fitness and I’m working hard to try and get back to how I left off last season.

“I haven’t been getting many minutes and it’s a tough one, obviously I got injured early on, so it’s been tough to get back in (the team) with fitness and stuff so it’s good to get some minutes.‎”

‎Fosu believes the competition for a place provided by Clarke, Reeves and Ward will help bring out the best in him:

‎”It’s good competition so it pushes everyone to do well, so it’s definitely good.

“I want to be at my best all the time, but it’s tough coming back from injury, you’ve just got to build up and keep getting fitter and getting sharper and just keep working hard as a team.”

“We’ve been on it, Bows has been on at us all week to not slack and we put in a good shift, all the boys did, and it was a good win.

“It’s massive (returning to the top six), we put in a good shift last game (against Doncaster) and this game (at Walsall) we’ve done the same thing again, so we just have to keep being relentless.”

‎If Bowyer reverts to a flat midfield quartet on a regular basis, if would definitely help Fosu return to his best.