Lee Bowyer has told the Daily Mail (23/9; page 117) that he would be surprised if he did not receive a good reception from the Leeds United supporters when Marcelo Bielsa’s men visit the Valley this weekend.
Two of the Championship’s early pace-setters meet on Saturday. Charlton Athletic fell to eighth following their defeat to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, but they remain just three points off the summit.
The team that currently leads the way is Bowyer’s former team Leeds. Bielsa’s men were left incredibly frustrated as Derby County snatched a draw in stoppage-time on Saturday. But the Whites remain on top.
Saturday will see Bowyer come up against Leeds for the first time since he became Charlton’s manager. He made 265 appearances and scored 55 goals for the Whites before departing in 2003.
Bowyer was a key man at a time when United threatened to enjoy major success at home and in Europe. And ahead of this weekend, the 42-year-old suggested that he remains incredibly proud of being a part of that Leeds side.
“I’d be surprised if Leeds fans didn’t give me a good reception next week,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I gave them everything for six-and-a-half years. People still talk about that Leeds side today and it has a special place in my heart. They have a very good team under Marcelo Bielsa. It will be a good challenge and give us an idea of where we are.”
Leeds have an outstanding record away from home this season. They have won four games out of four, scoring 10 and conceding just one. Had their form at Elland Road started in a similar fashion, they would have already put a considerable amount of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.
Charlton will not make life easy for Leeds. But Bielsa’s men will be desperate to prove a point after failing to kill off the game against Derby last time out.