Bristol City striker Matty Taylor is currently out on loan with League One side Oxford United after his loan move in the summer from the Robins, but the latest news could hit City hard.
Taylor has netted six goals in his last nine games for Oxford, his hometown club, and manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that the striker is a player that they want to add permanently to the squad.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Ashton Gate in the summer and can leave for free in June, with the last chance to make a price on Taylor being in January unless Lee Johnson decides to hand him a new contract before the season is up.
Taylor is quite clearly enjoying life with his boyhood club right now as he is continuing where he left off in England’s third tier, and the prolific striker has been playing football with a smile on his face lately.
Bristol City’s striker problems this season have been there for all to know about, with Eddie Nketiah first turning the club down in favour of Leeds United before loanee from Stoke City Benik Afobe ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and was ruled out for the season.
Should Bristol City recall Taylor in January?
A section of City’s supporters have been calling for Taylor to be recalled in January to try and bulk up the strikeforce, however the possibility of this doesn’t look likely with the experienced Taylor not wanting to play backup at Ashton Gate once again.
Bringing back a striker that is clearly confident and in-form could be an asset for City however as they continue to assess the potential strikers out there, Taylor will see his future lying away from Ashton Gate from next season onwards.
Robins fans would be disappointed to see the striker depart on a permanent basis, however with a spot on the bench all that’s left for Taylor won’t be appealing to the forward at this point in his career and he will likely end his three year association with the club since signing in 2017.
The striker has served Bristol City well, but their fans should now move on and let Taylor express himself a league below.