Stoke City defender Liam Lindsay has discussed the threat of facing in-form Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters have gradually improved under Northern Irish boss Michael O’Neill but a hammering at the hands of Derby County last weekend was a reminder that they have a lot of work to do.
Lindsay featured in the defeat and he is now looking to keep hold of his place for the fixture with Charlton this coming weekend.
Should the centre back remain in O’Neill’s starting eleven, he will come up against a player he knows well – Lyle Taylor. The two had a spell as teammates whilst at Partick Thistle in Scotland back in 2015.
Looking ahead to the game, Lindsay has discussed the Charlton striker’s threat and warned his fellow team-mates of his ability.
“I’ve actually played with him, I played with him up in Glasgow for Partick Thistle when he was on loan,” Lindsay told the Stoke Sentinel.
“I know a lot about him and obviously we played against him last year. He’s obviously a big, physical presence and a good finisher as well, as you’ve seen with him having a good few goals. He’s got a bit of everything.”
Taylor has netted an impressive eight goals in 15 Championship games this term, following up a superb goalscoring season in League One last term, which saw him score 25 goals in 45 games.
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Lindsay is right to hand his fellow teammates a warning about Taylor’s ability having seen the striker continue his excellent form from last season into the current campaign.
It’s clear that he is the major threat for Lee Bowyer’s men and keeping him quiet will be pivotal if Stoke are to pick up a crucial three points.
Whether or not Lindsay will feature for O’Neill’s side is questionable though, having suffered the 4-0 defeat last term.
James Chester is poised to make his first start for the club and it will be one of either Lindsay or Danny Batth who miss out.