Nottingham Forest slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening, as the Reds missed the chance to go second in the Championship.
The goalscorer for the Addicks offered Forest a cruel reminder of perhaps what they missed out on during the January transfer window.
Lyle Taylor was a target for the Reds during last month but with no offers forthcoming he stayed at The Valley (Team Talk).
The 29-year-old was valued at £4 million by Charlton but looks set to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires during the summer.
If Taylor saw his appearance at the City Ground as an audition ahead of the summer, then he passed with flying colours.
Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall were magnificent against Leeds on Saturday but they had now answer to the Charlton man.
Worrall could only stand and watch as Taylor crashed an unstoppable first-half volley into the corner of Brice Samba’s net.
His ferocious goal wasn’t even the best bit of his performance. The number nine was a constant menace, finding pockets of space, chasing every ball down and winning his side several free-kicks.
In 90 minutes of football, Taylor showcased exactly why Forest fans would love to see him at the City Ground.
It’s easy to see why Charlton fans and Wimbledon supporters before them have worshipped the ground he walks on.
His work ethic was unbelievable and his ridiculously good finish gave Charlton a deserved three points.
Whoever gets Taylor during the summer will be getting themselves a ridiculously good player at Championship level.
Lewis Grabban has 16 goals to his name this season but having Taylor as competition for the talisman could have given Forest a promotion edge.
All is not lost of course. The hope will be that Nuno Da Costa and Tyler Walker can have a significant impact between now and the end of the season.
It was a real sickener to see an affordable player who Forest had been linked with, come back and haunt them, however.
His complete performance on Trentside should have stuck a chord with Sabri Lamouchi and his recruitment team.
Signing Taylor on a free in the summer looks like a complete no-brainer from a Forest perspective.