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‘Don’t understand it’, ‘Has to be centre of attention’ – Plenty of Charlton Athletic fans react to Lyle Taylor’s comments



Lyle Taylor has spoken out for the first time after it was revealed that the forward won’t be playing in any of Charlton Athletic’s remaining nine games of the season.

Taylor was an influential player for Charlton in League One last season, scoring 25 goals upon his arrival from AFC Wimbledon as the Addicks won promotion via the play-offs.

This season, the 30-year-old has been even more important. Despite an injury problem, the forward has found the net 11 times in 22 appearances to help keep Charlton’s survival hopes alive.

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But due to risk of injury ahead of the EFL restart, Lee Bowyer has recently revealed that Taylor, along with Chris Solly and David Davis are refusing to play in any of the final nine games of the season.

For the first time since Bowyer’s reveal, Taylor has broken his silence and spoken out, admitting that the decision has left him sleepless for weeks.

In an interview with Sky Sports, he said: “I’ve sat in my living room staring at a blank TV screen for hours on end these last few weeks. I’ve not eaten or slept properly. I’ve been up ’til 5am listening to the birds chirping thinking about it.

“Then I finally came to the decision together with the manager that he has openly spoken about. He said to me ‘Lyle I can see how cut up this has made you’. But this is a time nobody has had to deal with before – lockdown has been difficult for everyone.

“I’m gutted at the way it’s finishing, but I don’t expect people to care. I know that once the damage is done it’s irreparable and I don’t really expect any sympathy.

“We are the first ones able to go back so that’s difficult for footballers and football clubs. My reasons and concerns stem from my knee injury – it plays on the mind.

“It makes me think what would happen if I had an injury now that threatened the rest of my career. I’ll be honest with you, it scared the life out of me.

“That’s my honest reasoning. I know it won’t sit well with people but it’s been a very had decision to make.

“I want to play to keep this team in the league; we have worked so hard to get here. But there is something in the back of my head that says if you get a serious injury the chance you have worked and dreamed of since you were six-years-old is gone. I’m not 26 or 27 – I’m 30 years old. The way I play, it puts me in positions that I could get seriously injured at any time.”

Taylor’s contract at the Valley runs out at the end of this month with a summer departure looking extremely likely, and this is obviously not the best of ways to end a hugely positive time at the London club.

Here, we take a look at Charlton fans’ reactions to Taylor’s comments…

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Article title: ‘Don’t understand it’, ‘Has to be centre of attention’ – Plenty of Charlton Athletic fans react to Lyle Taylor’s comments

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