Matty Taylor has been out on a season-long loan with Oxford United so far this season, and the forward is currently in loan a league below his parent club Bristol City.
The 29-year-old has netted six goals in 13 appearances for Karl Robinson’s side, and there are rumours circling that the striker is now being lined up by Robinson for a permanent deal to The Kassam Stadium in January or in the summer.
The striker is out of contract at Ashton Gate next summer, by which time he will have turned 30, and here is our six-point opinion on the striker potentially heading to Oxford full-time…
How has Matty Taylor been performing this season while out on loan?
“Taylor’s overall performances while out on loan at The Kassam Stadium this season have been impressive.
“His hold-up play as well as his runs in behind have caused opposition defences problems and he has settled into the squad nicely, with the dressing room being a close-knit group that has accepted the striker as one of their own players.”
Was Taylor heading out on loan to League One the right idea in the first place?
“Taylor seems determined to prove himself in the Championship, as he tried to force through a late loan move to Charlton Athletic in the summer transfer window.
“League One appears to be the best place for the striker to prove himself once again though, as it’s the highest level where he has performed consistently as he has grown into the player that he is now.”
Is Taylor’s time effectively up at Bristol City now?
“Having been shown through the door temporarily during the summer, and two new strikers arriving at Ashton Gate, it signifies that the striker may not have another shot at pulling on the Bristol City shirt.
“Taylor is getting on in age now and with a couple of exciting forwards progressing through the youth ranks, manager Lee Johnson looks like preferring the academy over the experienced option long-term.”
Should Bristol City recall Taylor in January?
“Taylor’s good form would certainly warrant a recall back to Bristol City in January if they was desperate for options to improve their squad as they head into a crucial battle for promotion to the Premier League.”
Why have Bristol City not offered Taylor a new contract?
“Taylor is certainly getting on in age now and having never played Championship football before his move to Bristol City from cross-city rivals Bristol Rovers in 2017, Taylor was always at risk of his contract running down and being let go.
“While he has shown glimpses of quality that he may have what it takes to compete in the Championship, Taylor was proving to be just a bench option at best for City.”
Would a permanent move to Oxford be the best move for Oxford?
“That outcome would be best for all parties involved.
“Bristol City would be letting a player go before spending his wages on somebody younger and could have a bigger impact, while Oxford would get a striker who is in-form and Taylor would be able to remain in a dressing room where he has already managed to find his feet.”