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Middlesbrough are reportedly ready to rival a number of Premier League teams to the potential signing of Charlton Athletic forward Lyle Taylor according to TEAMtalk.
Taylor is out-of-contract with the Addicks at the end of this year’s league campaign, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he’ll sign a new deal with the club.
The forward has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for Charlton Athletic this season, and it appears as though his impressive showings haven’t gone unnoticed.
TEAMtalk also claim that the likes of Crystal Palace and Burnley are also interested in signing Taylor, who will be a free agent in the summer.
Middlesbrough could certainly benefit from having a striker of Taylor’s quality in their side, with Jonathan Woodgate’s men currently sat 19th in the second tier standings, and just two points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship with nine matches left to play this term.
But would Taylor be a good addition to the Middlesbrough squad ahead of next season?
On a free transfer, it’s hard to argue that this wouldn’t be a good signing.
Taylor has proven he can cut it at Championship level with Charlton, scoring 11 league goals so far for the Addicks as he attempts to keep the south London club in the second tier.
The only negative about this move for Boro in my eyes is the fact that Taylor is 30, and is potentially past his peak. Middlesbrough do already have several strikers that aren’t the youngest, so adding another one may not be the wisest call.
But, you simply cannot deny the cold hard stats, and to get a clinical Championship striker on a free transfer would be a no-brainer for most Championship sides.
This would be a fantastic signing for Middlesbrough and one they should really push to get done.
There were question marks over Taylor’s quality at this level ahead of the 2019/20 campaign but he’s proven that he can thrive in the Championship.
Woodgate desperately needs to add some more firepower, so snapping up the Charlton man as a free agent would be an excellent bit of business.
They’ll undoubtedly be competition for him but it would be a fantastic start to the summer transfer window if Boro can get it done.
I think Middlesbrough are in real need of a new, prolific forward and Taylor certainly fits that bill.
Despite injury problems and Charlton’s plight in the Sky Bet Championship this season, the 30-year-old has been exceptional in front of goal and has taken his chances when they’ve come his way.
There will be a load of clubs interested in Taylor’s signature on a free transfer this summer, and when you consider the season Boro have had, it would be a real statement of intent to lure him to the Riverside.
Britt Assombalonga has been hit and miss since joining Boro, whilst I do not feel that Ashley Fletcher is prolific enough to score the goals to help the club improve.