Football League World’s Charlton Athletic fan pundit Robert Smith has revealed his thoughts on who should be brought in to replace Lyle Taylor when he leaves, after the striker’s most recent contract offer was withdrawn after the self-imposed deadline was passed.
The news broke on Tuesday morning, via Richard Cawley of London News Online, with new owners East Street Investments confirming that they will now be listening to offers for the marksman this month.
And for Smith, two possible answers lie in the division below the Addicks
“If you read the article from the local press confirming Charltons position on Lyle Taylor, the seed has already been planted with interest in Armand Gnanduillet who has scored plenty of goals at L1 level for Blackpool over the last 18 months so I would imagine that is being worked on,” the regular punter told Football League World.
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“It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. The replacement will signal as much about the owner’s ambitions as it will about everything else.
“If they wanted to push the boat out going back in for Ivan Toney would be a no brainer for me, no doubt in my mind he could step up. ”
During his time with the club, Taylor has become an Addicks icon, netting 32 times in 58 games and of course helping them return to the Championship via the League One play-offs last season.
However his time in the second-tier has been a frutrating period so far, missing a huge chunk of the season with a knee injury, only recently returning to the field in a 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough after missing 12 second-tier games.