Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish says he thought Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor would join a Premier League club after leaving Charlton Athletic earlier this summer.
Taylor left Charlton in June following the expiration of his contract with the Addicks, despite the extension of the Championship season into July.
The striker subsequently joined Nottingham Forest on a three-year deal, and it seems McLeish is impressed by the fact that the club he previously managed were able to secure the services of Taylor.
Speaking to Football Insider about the signing of Taylor for Forest, McLeish said: “That was a huge coup for Forest. I was expecting Taylor to go to possibly a Premier League team but it’s a really good bit of business.
“The big crux of the matter is that he has to show that in every single game but he looks like a guy with amazing belief in himself.”
Since making the move to The City Ground in the summer, Taylor has made eight appearances in all competitions for the club, and scored his first goal for Forest in their 1-1 draw with local rivals Derby on Friday night.
You can sort of understand the point that McLeish is trying to make here.
When you look at the impact that Taylor made during his time with a struggling Charlton side in the Championship last season, you can understand why there could have been interest in the striker from the Premier League.
With that in mind, recruiting Taylor does seem like a rather good piece of business for Forest, particularly after his goal last time out, which he know ought to have the confidence and momentum to build on this season.