Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has sung the praises of new signing Erhun Oztumer but added that he will not be rushing him into his side to allow him to catch of the rest of the squad on fitness.

Erhun Oztumer’s pre-season schedule was somewhat disrupted by the chaos unfolding at Bolton Wanderers meaning that upon the arrival at new club Charlton Athletic, he is behind his fellow teammates. The Addicks’ squad has shown impressive fitness levels in their season openers so far and manager Lee Bowyer has said that the playmaker has some way to go before he is on the same levels of his teammates.

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That being said, Bowyer lauded praise on their new man upon the announcement of the signing and has given fans a taste of what could be to come from the 28-year-old, comparing him to fan favourite Jonny Williams in terms of his play-style.

“He only came in yesterday,” the Charlton boss said to the South London Press.

“He trained yesterday, we didn’t do much yesterday. It’s a case of seeing where he is this week on Monday and Tuesday. Seeing fitness-wise where he is at. I think that will be too soon, Tuesday. As soon as he is fit enough, he’ll be involved. At the moment, we’re strong in the midfield and attacking areas. We don’t have to rush him now. At the end of the day, he’s part of the squad. I’ll pick the right people in the right state ton be in the squad for matchdays.

“He’s an exciting one, similar to Jonny Williams. Exciting in possession and clever. He can finish – can score goals and create goals. He’s going to be a very good addition to the squad because it’s going to be a long season.

“I’m looking forward to working with him. He trained a little bit yesterday but didn’t look too fit. I don’t know what he’s done pre-season when he was at Bolton, I don’t know what has been their situation there. He needs to catch up fitness-wise because we’re very fit.”


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