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The Greenwich-born player that is Charlton Athletic’s key to potential success – opinion

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Since gaining promotion back to the Championship in May with a dramatic late Patrick Bauer winner under the famous Wembley arch, Charlton Athletic have made quite the impression since returning to England’s second tier so far.  

The Addicks are currently unbeaten in their first five games of the season with three wins and two draws yielding a total of 11 points from a possible 15, an even more impressive feat considering they have faced tough game games at home to Stoke City and away to Blackburn Rovers.

It may be too early to talk the Addicks up as genuine play-off contenders, however if their star man, Lyle Taylor, continues his rich vein of form in front of goal, who are we to rule them out?

Greenwich-born Taylor has taken to the Championship like a duck to water, having found the net four times in first five games,whilst also assisting one for his teammates.

Which continues the trend that he set last season, as he notched up 22 goals in 44 league games , averaging an impressive goal every 173 minutes.

Despite being known in more recent seasons for his goal scoring efforts, it should also be noted that Taylor also contributes substantially to the assists chart, take last season for example, the Montserrat international laid on 13 assists for his teammates as he was the standout performer in their promotion season.

This trait also dates back to his AFC Wimbledon days, with the player contributing a very impressive 18 goals and eight assists in all competitions, with these all coming from an unfamiliar right wing position during the 2017/2018  campaign.

Despite standing at six foot two inches tall, Taylor should not be seen as a target man, he has been criticised in the past by fans for his lack of aerial prowess, specifically in his last season at Wimbledon where the team relied heavily on long balls to create attacks.

However Charlton fans will point to Taylor’s recent goal against Nottingham Forest, a thumping header into the bottom corner as evidence that this is an area that the striker has clearly been working on.

The Addicks did extremely well to keep hold of Taylor during the summer transfer window, with the South London club allegedly snubbing as many as four bids from fellow capital based Championship side Brentford.

If the sale had gone through, it would have no doubt caused a considerable amount of unrest amongst the Valley faithful, who had already seen influential midfielder Joe Aribo depart for pastures new in Scotland with Rangers.

One thing that is clear from all of this, if Taylor continues to find the back of the net consistently, he will be again a wanted man come the January transfer window and this time they may face the prospect of losing their star man, with manager Lee Bowyer admitting that it could become an impossible task if things continue as they are.


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