Charlton caretaker boss Lee Bowyer is pleased with Sullay Kaikai’s form amid backlash from fans.

The Crystal Palace loanee, 22, has failed to hit the goal scoring heights of his two previous spells with Shrewsbury where he netted 12 times in 26 league games.

And his Charlton displays have seen a section of supporters turn on the winger.

Bowyer told News Shopper: “I was happy with him against Wimbledon on Tuesday night. For the first 20, 30 minutes, he got himself into some good positions.

“He drove at their back four and caused a lot of trouble. The end product isn’t there at the moment, but he hasn't played or started any games for a long time.

“So obviously it takes a bit of time, but his work-rate out of possession and fighting for the team, I couldn't have asked for much more from him. That’s why I kept him on [at Wimbledon] because he still looked sharp towards the end of the game.

“I took [Ben] Reeves off because he was tired, he looked absolutely shattered. A couple of times, Kaikai got shots off that were blocked.

“He’s a dangerous player who can make something out of nothing. So I’m not disappointed with him. He’s a good lad and he’s working hard for the team.”

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Kaikai, who is a product of Palace’s academy, is highly-rated by senior staff.

He has made a handful of Premier League appearances, but the majority of his playing time has come in the lower leagues.

Bowyer expects the attacker to improve in Charlton’s remaining five games.

He said: “Of course he can get better because he’s just lacking that bit of end product. But that will fall for him.

“Kaikai and Tariqe [Fosu] are similar players. They like to receive the ball in those little pockets and hurt the other team. Kaikai had a chance on Tuesday but slipped when he hit the ball and it went over the bar.

“But he was in a good position and was hungry enough to get in the box. I’m not disappointed with him, I think he’s doing well.

“For me, the most important thing is that he’s getting on the ball, making things happen and he’s getting in the right areas because sooner or later he will score or set someone up - and then all of a sudden he’ll be a hero.”

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