With just a handful of games left for Nottingham Forest, one person who will be hoping to get a start or two will be striker Lyle Taylor.

The 31-year-old has very much been second or even third choice striker this season, behind both Lewis Grabban and Glenn Murray.

In recent weeks, it has appeared as if Taylor has nudged ahead of Murray in the pecking order, but still can’t quite displace Grabban.

However, Taylor has definitely done enough to earn a start and really, should be leading the line against Huddersfield Town this weekend.

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Lyle Taylor of Nottingham Forest scores his side’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 7th November 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Perhaps the biggest indicator of change was in the Bristol City 0-0 draw at the weekend, when Grabban had a poor game by his standards.

Taylor came on with 15 to go – his 22nd substitute appearance this season – and immediately got involved, holding the ball up well and even having half a chance.

After being played in by Filip Krovinovic, Taylor perhaps showed his lack of sharpness as he could’ve taken an extra touch before shooting, but him merely being in these positions is promising.

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Lyle Taylor (33) of Nottingham Forest tackles Marlon Pack of Cardiff City during the FA Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 9th January 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

One thing Taylor – and Grabban for that matter – have been guilty of is their ‘honest running’ as described by Garry Birtles.

 

What he means by this is a lot of running to help keep play moving, but ultimately not being in a position to score when a cross is on.

Therefore, it was good to not only see Taylor be more selfish and stick in that central area between the two centre backs, but he still managed to join up play very neatly.

Taylor has eight goals in all competitions this season for club and country, but probably hasn’t had a fair crack of the whip since Grabban returned from injury before Christmas.

Given that Forest are now basically over the line, it would be beneficial to see him be rewarded for his impressive cameos off the bench and start a few games between now and the end of the season.

Would you start Lyle Taylor against Huddersfield Town?

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