Several Premier League and Championship clubs are said to be in for Charlton Athletic’s Lyle Taylor, and that could be good news for Macauley Bonne.
All of Burnley, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Brentford, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest are lining up a January move for the Montserrat striker, according to TeamTalk.
He made his long-awaited return to action at the weekend, playing 45-minutes in his side’s 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough. It was his first appearances since the end of August and amidst Charlton’s injury crisis, it couldn’t be better timing for manager Lee Bowyer.
Taylor, 29, scored 22 league goals for Charlton last season and started this campaign in a similar vein, scoring five in his first six game before succumbing to injury on international break.
Now after making his return in the second-half at the Riverside, it’s sparked interest in the forward and a January transfer looks a possibility for Taylor.
That might not be good news for Bowyer or Charlton fans, but for strike-partner Bonne it paves the way for him to become the main man at The Valley.
Bonne joined the club from Leyton Orient in the summer, having scored 23 goals as the O’s lifted the National League title last season.
He joined expecting to be second-choice to Taylor but after his untimely injury, Bonne’s had a more important role at the club and has shown some prolific form in his first season in the Championship.
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The 24-year-old has six goals from 14 Championship appearances and looks to have settled into his new league relatively well. He’s lead the Charlton line when called upon but amidst their injury woes, the whole team has struggled and hence Bonne’s goal-scoring form has taken a hit – he’s scored once in his last six.
He’ll be delighted with the amount of football he’s already played and with some of the goals he’s scored, and now with Taylor’s reported departure, Bonne has a lot to look forward to at Charlton.
Bowyer has a lot of faith in him to play him as much as he has done in his first season at this level, and Bonne has repaid him for the most part. At 24-years-old, Bonne could have a big future at the club and he could be the man who makes the step-up and starts firing Charlton back up the table.