Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has confirmed that signing striker Matty Taylor on a permanent deal from Bristol City will be one of the club’s main priorities when the January transfer window opens.
Taylor joined the League One outfit on a season-long loan deal from the Robins back in August, and he has made a positive impact at the Kassam Stadium by netting four goals in his nine league appearances for the promotion- chasing Us.
The 29-year-old featured regularly for the Robins last term as they narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs, but he has now dropped down a division in order to play matches from the start with more regularity.
Speaking to the Banbury Cake, Robinson has now admitted that securing Taylor’s services on a permanent basis will be one of his priorities in January given the forward’s encouraging recent run in the Oxford side.
“We are getting better, but this next window is a really peculiar one. Do we need much?,” Robinson said.
“If you said to me ‘what’s your wish-list?’ I think we all know Matty Taylor is one we’d like to do.”
Robinson’s side are currently sitting seventh in the third-tier table following an impressive run of form which has seen them go nine league games unbeaten, in a run extending back to early September.
Meanwhile, Bristol City are also flying high in the Championship with Lee Johnson’s side sitting sixth in the Championship, but the Robins’ boss has needed to deal with some attacking issues so far this term with the club needing to sign striker Rodri on a free transfer after loanee Benik Afobe was ruled out for the season.
Should Bristol City allow Taylor to join Oxford United on a permanent deal?
It appears that Taylor has made quite the impression since joining Oxford on a temporary basis, and it seems like it would be the best move for all parties if the attacker made his switch to the Kassam Stadium permanent.
The fact Johnson allowed Taylor to head out on loan this term suggests he has already decided the striker is surplus to requirements at the club, and he would surely be guaranteed much more playing time at Oxford.
Taylor would find it hard to break into the current first team at Ashton Gate with the likes of Famara Diedhiou, Andreas Weimann, Rodri and Antoine Semenyo all ahead of him in the pecking order, while it appears he is now an established part of Robinson’s side at Oxford.