Nottingham Forest aren’t out of the relegation picture just yet, but it’s likely that they will stay in the Championship for another season after a tough campaign.
Sabri Lamouchi was replaced early on by the experienced Chris Hughton and with a lot of the transfer activity for the season done, he only brought in Anthony Knockaert from Fulham.
A lot of business had been done under Lamouchi, with Forest spending plenty on the likes of Loic Mbe Soh, Scott McKenna, loan deals for Cyrus Christie and Luke Freeman but also managed to pick up a free agent in Lyle Taylor.
The experienced striker scored 11 times in 22 league games for Charlton Athletic in the Championship last season, so it seemed like a smart pick-up from Forest, especially with no transfer fee to pay.
Taylor was expected to compete with Lewis Grabban for a starting spot and the 30-year-old was getting plenty of minutes – from both the start and off the bench – until mid-December.
Since Forest’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on December 15 though, Taylor has started no games for the club, coming off the bench 14 times but failing to score in that period.
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The Monserrat international had scored four league goals before his exile from the starting line-up, his last ones coming in the form of a brace in a 2-0 victory against Wycombe in November.
Hughton bolstered his attack in January with the addition of the evergreen Glenn Murray, but neither he nor Grabban have scored since February 6 and that has prompted some fans to ask why Taylor hasn’t been given a chance.
After FLW’s George Harbey analysed Taylor’s season, there has been much debate on social media as to whether or not Taylor deserves another run in Hughton’s line-up, with the fans split right down the middle.
Needs to start him. Good movement, best finisher at the club, and I love his arsey attitude. He causes problems. We need that.
— kev ward (@kevward3) March 26, 2021
Offload him. Not good enough.
— Keir Morrison (@MorrisonKeir) March 26, 2021
Not good enough. Get rid.
— Thomas (@Thomas44523760) March 26, 2021
He’s never been given a real chance
— NA (@nallman1972) March 26, 2021
I like LT and think he deserves more game time. Start him and see how his confidence improves after the break. 👏
— Trixie King NFFC (@TrixieKing27) March 26, 2021
If he’d gone anywhere else he would’ve been brilliant. Bet he wishes he could turn back time and choose a different club
— No.1isBrianRice.. (@Steven_James_) March 27, 2021
Should be first choice, in my opinion.
— Steve Stone's Mullet (@RedDogCam) March 26, 2021
This lad needs a run of games. He's obviously got something about him. Maybe the fact he's not the "main man" has dented his confidence? He hasn't become a bad striker in 1 season.
— Daniel Bulmer (@daniel_bulmer) March 26, 2021
He’s never looked up to standard.He’s had one decent half season at this level in a long career and cashed in on that by refusing to play post lockdown for charlton and getting a long fat contract with us.Couple of decent finishes aside he’s done next to nothing when he’s played
— Nick Siggs (@siggsy81) March 26, 2021