Lyle Taylor could get another chance to start for Nottingham Forest tonight and the 31-year-old is now nursing a pint in the last chance saloon.
On Saturday, the struggling Forest talisman was introduced after just 26 minutes, replacing the injured Lewis Grabban.
Taylor’s move to Forest hasn’t gone according to plan. He was signed from Charlton on a free transfer and was expected to be a shrewd addition.
Ultimately though, the Reds decided to sign him on the back of two strong performances against Forest.
Looking back now, that seems like a blemish on the part of the club’s bizarre recruitment in recent years.
Taylor has scored just six goals in 50 outings for Forest and that has piled the pressure on the striker.
Admittedly, Forest haven’t particularly played a system that suits a centre forward whilst Taylor has been at the club.
Chris Hughton’s style of play saw very few chances created and ultimately, he wasn’t the only striker to feel stifled amid such a strategy.
This season got off to a flyer for Taylor. He scored Forest’s first goal of the campaign at Coventry and enjoyed celebrating in front of the travelling fans.
It had looked as though the striker might thrive with fans back in the ground. For whatever reason though, he just can’t get going.
Latest missed opportunity leaves Taylor fighting for Forest future
Time is running out for the Montserrat international.
On Saturday he managed just two shots during his 64 minutes on the pitch and actually only touched the ball 20 times. For context, Philip Zinckernagel had the ball 14 times and only played for 22 minutes.
Taylor is likely to play tonight. Grabban is injured and with Will Swan and Xande Silva untried, Steve Cooper will likely go with an experienced option.
Forest fought off lots of clubs to sign the striker on a free. As a result, the talisman now needs to repay such faith and fire the Reds clear of the bottom three.
The clock is ticking for Taylor…