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Speaking to talkSPORT, Lee Bowyer has revealed that Lyle Taylor is among the players not wanting to play for Charlton any longer and will not take to the pitch when the season restarts, for fear of injury scuppering a move once his contract ends at The Valley.
The striker has been key to Charlton since arriving from Wimbledon but it appears we’re not going to see him in the Addicks’ kit for much longer.
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With them fighting relegation, how much of a blow could this be to their survival hopes, though? Our writers discuss…
This could be a crushing blow for Charlton in their hopes of staying up to be perfectly honest.
Whilst the likes of Luton, Barnsley and Wigan will all be ready for the season to resume, Charlton in turmoil and losing Taylor will be a massive blow as they look to grind out results and secure their Championship status.
Taylor has been outstanding since arriving from AFC Wimbledon, and his goals have kept Charlton’s hopes of survival alive despite being out injured for a lengthy amount of time.
It’s not good at all, and fans are likely to be hugely frustrated by this update after seeing their most important player not want to play the remainder of the campaign.
This could be a devastating blow for the Addicks.
Taylor has been a key member of Lee Bowyer’s squad, having scored 11 goals in 22 appearances this term.
You have to question as to what position they would be in without Taylor, and I think they’d be struggling to stay afloat even more than they currently are in the Championship.
He’s a player that can change the course of a game on his own at times, and would have been heavily relied on to score the goals to fire them out of the relegation zone at the earliest of opportunities.
I fear for Charlton’s survival in the Championship even more now that Taylor is refusing to play.
If they cannot get this sorted out, it is going to be a huge blow for Charlton.
Taylor is a key man for the Addicks and we have seen their form drop when they were without him due to injury.
Bowyer’s side are set for a serious relegation scrap and the striker’s goals could be the difference between staying up and getting relegated.
They need to act fast to fix this and ensure he is ready to fire them to safety when the Championship returns.