Bristol City striker Matty Taylor last month headed to League One side Oxford United on a season-long loan to get game-time under his belt before heading back to Ashton Gate.
This summer could spell the beginning of the end for Taylor at Ashton Gate, having joined the Robins from cross-city rivals Bristol Rovers in a controversial move on Deadline Day in January 2017. During pre-season, it appeared that the experienced striker was on the fringes of the first-team, instead playing with mainly U23 players.
Taylor will be 30 by the time that he returns to Ashton Gate next summer, and will surely have some thoughts in his own mind that he may not have a future in the Championship with Bristol City at least. Despite being a very talented striker who can score goals in League One, Taylor has struggled for a starting berth with Lee Johnson’s side since joining two and a half years ago, instead mainly acting as an impact substitute and trying to change a game late on when needed.
The former Forest Green Rovers forward has netted goals throughout his career, but as he gets on in age, he will be willing to prove his worth that he’s still got what it takes to compete at League One level, the league where Taylor was scoring goals at a continuous rate before his move across the city.
If Taylor is able to resurrect the form that he was showing when he wore the blue and white of Bristol Rovers, then he’ll know that if Bristol City don’t want the ageing striker next summer, he’ll have plenty of offers from League One teams come his way if they can match his transfer wages.
Taylor knows what a good and productive season with Oxford could do for the latter stages of his career as he enters his 30s, and there will most definitely be a chance of securing a contract either back with Bristol City or somewhere else in the EFL if he can return to the best he was showing just a few years ago.