Leeds United got the news they were waiting for on Sunday night after the EFL announced a June 20 restart date for the Championship.
However, not every team is happy, with QPR releasing a strong statement against the proposed date.
And while Charlton are keen to play again, manager Lee Bowyer highlighted a real problem he has ahead of kick-off.
“3 players say they won’t play.” ❌
“Lyle Taylor is one of them. Chris Solly is the same and so is David Davis.” 🙏
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 1, 2020
Talking on the White & Sawyer show, Bowyer said, “We have 15 players out of contract, six loans and nine of our own. They finish at the end of June.
“Unfortunately for us, three of those players have said they’re not going to play. Lyle [Taylor] is one of them. That’s tough for us, Lyle is a big player for us. When he plays we win games.
“Lyle has said he’s not going to play because of risk to injury. Chris Solly is the same. David Davies on loan from Birmingham doesn’t want to come back. It’s just another hurdle. But we’ve got another 22/23 players who do want to play and that’s the most important thing.”
Hats off to Bowyer here. Charlton are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Championship and he’s now going to have to do that without some of his key players.
It could stand Leeds in good stead though – the Whites are set to play Leeds in the last game of the season at Elland Road.
Hopefully, promotion will be secured by then but if not, playing a weakened side will be a boost.
Taylor has scored 11 goals in 22 games this season but is now one of the first players we’ve heard of who is refusing to play.
On one hand, you can understand it – Bowyer has said he’s on the brink of a life-changing move and doesn’t want to risk getting injured.
However, on the other hand, he’s a professional player who’s getting paid handsomely to play football.
Charlton gave him a platform to do that this season and we think he’s let them down here.
Injury is a daily hazard for footballers and Taylor would have played out these nine games had they come before his contract expired.
We’d be very disappointed if any Leeds players said the same thing – and relegation is just as important to Charlton as promotion is for us.
Thankfully, the Leeds players seem to be made of different stuff.
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