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Middlesbrough are among the clubs who have been linked with Lyle Taylor, as exclusively revealed by Football League World.
The 31-year-old has endured a frustrating season with Nottingham Forest after starting just 15 of his 39 appearances for the club since making the move from Charlton Athletic.
Taylor scored just four times this term leading to suggestions that he could be allowed to leave the City Ground on loan ahead of the new season.
While Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley are both said to be keen, would Lyle Taylor be a good signing for Middlesbrough?
The team at FLW have their say…
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This would be a very good signing for Middlesbrough to pick up, even if it is only on loan.
Taylor, for me, is a striker that’s more than good enough to spearhead a push for the top-six in the Championship if he gets the right service.
11 goals in 22 games in a struggling Charlton side was a magnificent effort, and had he been around during the run-in, the Addicks might not have suffered relegation back in 2019/20.
Of course, things haven’t gone well for him at Forest, but there’s been a change of manager and it hasn’t happened for him under Chris Hughton. That happens in football and is nothing to do with Taylor’s ability.
If Warnock can make him feel wanted and shape a side behind him that can be competitive, I’ve little doubt that Taylor would be a success at the Riverside Stadium.
He could be a good signing, yes.
Taylor will believe he has still got a lot to offer at Championship level with his move to Nottingham Forest just not working out how he would have liked after leaving Charlton.
Neil Warnock will know that, too, and he is normally pretty good at getting players fired up and motivated when he feels that there is much more to be shown from them.
I don’t think Middlesbrough should rely on just Taylor as their main source of goals next season, just in case things do not go to plan, but I certainly think it’s worth a look if Warnock thinks he can get a good level of performance out of him.
On a loan deal this could be a good addition.
There is no denying that Boro need to enhance their striker department this summer with Fletcher and Assombalonga departing.
Taylor’s had a mixed spell at the City Ground since arriving and has struggled to consistently maintain a starting berth, with Lewis Grabban and/or Glenn Murray often being utilised ahead of him.
For Boro, he’d provide a real focal point to their attack and if given a consistent run of games, he could excel in Neil Warnock’s system.
However, I do feel this should not be the only striker signing Boro make this summer – Taylor has struggled to score consistently at second tier level so adding another player with some more experience would be beneficial, to ease the burden on the former Charlton striker.
With the transfer market set to be relatively tough in-terms of splashing the cash, getting someone in like Taylor who has plenty of EFL experience on loan could well be a good move from a Boro perspective.