Why Brentford should go all out for Lyle Taylor in January
The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a switch to Griffin Park throughout the summer. While nothing came to fruition back then, the Bees are prepared to make a renewed attempt to sign Taylor during the mid-season trading period (h/t London News Online).
That could spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Charlton having already set their sights on in-form Blackpool striker Armand Gnanduillet (h/t London News Online).
Taylor, who scored in each of Charlton’s first four Championship outings back in August, hasn’t featured for the Addicks since the final day of August due to a knee injury.
The Greenwich-born forward was one of the key driving forces behind Charlton’s awe-inspiring start to the campaign in the second-tier.
The impact of Taylor’s absence has been there for everyone to see, with Charlton struggling to capitalize on their promising start.
Lyle Taylor, who started his career at Millwall, was Charlton’s promotion hero in the League One with a tally of 25 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions for the Addicks the last term.
Meanwhile, the Bees were reeling in the bottom half of the Championship table after a hit-and-miss start to the campaign but a recent impressive run has propelled Thomas Frank’s side up to the 8th spot.
Ollie Watkins, who currently boasts of impressive returns of 10 goals in 16 games, has been the key contributor for the Bees, taking over the reins from Neil Maupay, who left for Brighton in the summer.
However, with the 23-year-old attracting interest from Premier League sides Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Southampton (h/t Sky Sports) ahead of the January window, Thomas Frank would be wise to have some alternatives lined up.
Brentford have the option to recall Marcus Forss from his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon but he is still quite young. Instead, someone like Lyle Taylor would be a better option when it comes to making an immediate impact.
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A veteran of over 300 games, the 6ft 2-inch striker would add another dimension to Brentford’s attack and provide Frank with a different option up top.
With that in mind, Brentford reigniting interest in Lyle Taylor could well be a stepping stone to securing a playoff spot at the end of the season.