Taylor has been a star player for Charlton since joining from AFC Wimbledon last summer. The 30-year-old scored 25 goals across all competitions, as Lee Bowyer’s side won promotion from League One.
The striker has encountered injury problems this season but still managed to score 11 goals in 22 games, keeping the Addicks’ hopes of Championship survival alive.
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Taylor’s future at the Valley is looking uncertain, though, with the striker’s contract set to run out at the end of the month.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Bowyer has also revealed that Taylor, along with Chris Solly and David Davis, is refusing to play in any of Charlton’s final nine league games due to risk of injury.
He said: “I’ve got a problem with any player whose contract hasn’t expired not playing.
“I’ve got a problem with that because when you sign a contract – it doesn’t matter what it is – for any length of time, for any period of time – the first thing – and it gets on my nerves at times about footballers – the first thing any footballer should do when they sign a contract is agree to honour that contract, right, for that period of time.
“I don’t care if it’s a year, 12 months, 14 months, five years – you’re happy enough to sign that contract, then you should honour that contract.
“It works both ways. If you want the club to pay you and look after you for five years, or two years or whatever it is, then you have to make yourself available at every opportunity for club duties. And, clearly, playing for your club is a club duty. So if their contract is not up or expired I would be absolutely livid if I was Lee Bowyer or any football manager, any coach or any fan, about a player not wanting to play.”
Charlton will be desperate to cling onto their Championship status this season, with the Addicks sitting two points adrift of safety in 23rd place.
It’s a really strange situation and you would expect better of Taylor to be honest.
He has been a key player for Charlton and his goals have been so important in these past two seasons for many different reasons.
It’s a shame that he doesn’t want to play between now and the end of the season, and it’s another big blow for Bowyer who has had to put up with a hell of a lot since becoming manager.