Oxford United have confirmed the signing of Matty Taylor from Bristol City, the club has confirmed.
The striker joins on a season-long loan deal having made only one appearance for the Robins this season, after falling down the pecking order following the arrival of Benik Afobe.
It is a long-awaited return to the Kassam Stadium for the 29-year-old, who came through the academy at the club but only made a single appearance in the first-team before dropping into the conference.
He since proved himself a prolific lower league striker and has 27 League One goals from 46 appearances, but reached a ceiling in the Championship with Bristol City, for whom he has scored just eight goals in 75 games – although many of those were substitute appearances.
Bristol City have been willing to let him leave for most of the summer, with Charlton Athletic looking a likely destination towards the end of the Championship transfer window.
This is a great move for all involved and Taylor should be able to return to his best in League One in a team where he will play regularly and under a manager who will play to his strengths.
Oxford have lacked a goalscorer and Taylor should be the solution they need. Robinson’s Oxford play a possession style and if Taylor receives the ball to feet in his box then he should help himself to a fair few goals.
Time is running out for him to make an impression in the Championship but if he can rediscover some form then he could be back in contention under Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate.