Why Taylor chose Charlton
Why Taylor chose Charlton
Lyle Taylor was – unsurprisingly – named as Charlton’s Player of the Year. He received the accolade on Sunday, with cult hero Naby Sarr coming second, and Josh Cullen third.

Lee Bowyer was not surprised with the way fans voted, but thought that Joe Aribo might have figured more prominently.
He also revealed to Richard Cawley of the South London Press how he persuaded Taylor to sign for the Addicks instead of Sunderland.
“I’m surprised Joe (Aribo) wasn’t in there (the top three),I think he has done very well, but I’m happy with the way it went, it was the fans who chose.
“Josh Cullen is just everywhere and has been unreal from the moment he has walked through the door.
“Naby, the way he has turned things around has been incredible. He was rock bottom and now the way the fans cheer him, it’s an incredible achievement.
“He has gone from down the bottom to the top.
“Lyle, he scores goals for fun, but it is not just that. It is his work-rate off the ball, he has become an all-round striker now.
“Last night (the awards dinner on Sunday) I thanked him for choosing us, because he could’ve gone somewhere else (Sunderland) and he chose us. It’s paid off for him.
“I met him in the summer and we had a conversation. I just persuaded him that I’ll improve you and this is the place f17 Mayor you, and it worked.
“Hopefully now he realises he made the right choice, which I think he does,” said Bowyer.
Bowyer is now preparing his team for Sunday’s first leg play-off game at Doncaster. The second leg at The Valley is on the following Friday (17 May) and the Addicks have already sold 17,000 tickets for the fixture.
Bowyer believes the fans have a huge part to play, as the club bids to make its first Wembley appearance for 21 years.
“The fans are going to play a massive part, especially having the second leg at home.
“Depending on the result up there, we want to try and get as many there (The Valley) as possible and as loud as possible.
“We’ve got to make the Valley really intimidating. That’s what happened when we played away at Sunderland and Portsmouth – they pack their stadiums out and it is intimidating.
“Our fans have been great all season anyway, it is just this final push now to get to Wembley. If they can come out and support like they have done‎, that’s all we’re asking really.” said Bowyer.

 
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