29-year-old striker Matty Taylor has netted six goals in 13 appearances for Oxford United this season, with manager Karl Robinson hoping to complete a permanent move for the experienced striker.
The forward is currently out on loan with the League One side for the season from Bristol City, following a tough couple of years in Bristol having just started 27 games for the Robins since signing for their cross-city rivals Bristol Rovers in January 2017.
Having featured for the under-23s during pre-season, his time at Ashton Gate appeared to be up before his loan move down a level, where he is currently scoring the goals again as the main man up front for Oxford.
Taylor is spearheading the play-off push for Robinson’s men and he will be looking forward to the next month ahead as he begins to play football again with a smile on his face.
Whilst at Bristol Rovers, the striker was a main reason behind their rise back up from the National League into League One, as he appeared in 134 games across all competitions and scored 68 goals as he showed the Football League that he had a true goalscoring touch as he began to really make a name for himself under Darrell Clarke.
Should Taylor move to Oxford permanently?
Now back in League One and starting games again, Taylor has the opportunity to prove that he is still a natural goalscorer and that Oxford was right to take a punt on the forward to try and spearhead their season.
The 29-year-old is flourishing for Oxford so far this season as his performances are being recognised by the opposition, however, Taylor continues to evade defences as he nets the goals for the U’s.
If Taylor does complete a move to The Kassam Stadium in January or next summer, with his contract up at Ashton Gate, then a weight will be lifted off of his shoulders and he will be let free to run riot in League One or the Championship, depending on whether Oxford achieve promotion.
The striker has an air of swagger and enjoyment back to his game again, perhaps having felt the pressure too much when playing for Bristol City, and pulling on the shirt of his boyhood club is a sign that Taylor was always meant to turn out for Oxford one day.
The experienced forward can keep on enjoying his football no matter what though, and he will be hoping that Robinson chooses to bring him back to Oxford permanently.