The quality of Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor has proved a hot topic among supporters in recent weeks.

With Taylor acting as an alternative option for Lewis Grabban, he was called upon during a recent 0-0 draw against Luton.

During that game, he struggled. Nothing stuck and when the ball headed in his direction, it often bounced clear following a poor touch.

Naturally, that started the knee-jerk brigade to almost proudly announce that ‘he’s the worst striker we’ve ever had’.

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Now, that is a bit extreme. Rafiq Djebbour, Eugene Dadi, Neil Harris and Nicklas Bendtner would all sit miles above Taylor in any worst of the worst compilation.

Fans are entitled to their opinion of course but there does seem to be very little in the way of a middle ground when it comes to Forest related opinions.

Taylor’s numbers don’t make for pretty reading. He has found the net just eight times in 56 games and last season he did have a pretty solid run of starts too.

This season he’s found the net three times and watching him struggle against Luton asked the question of whether he’s the right player at the wrong time for Forest.

False promises mean a struggle for Taylor at Forest

Taylor was signed on the back of Sabri Lamouchi telling him he’d be playing alongside a strike partner in Grabban.

That would have been music to the ears of the 31-year-old. He’s typically played his best football during his career playing upfront as part of a two.

But, that’s been a false promise. Taylor has rarely played with a partner and is often left to fly solo and spearhead the Forest attack.

Grabban might be comfortable with that but Taylor isn’t and when he starts making an impact is a real struggle.

The former Charlton man is a likeable member of Steve Cooper’s squad. The work rate is rarely lacking but sometimes he looks short of quality.

He showcased against Bristol City that he’s an ideal impact substitute but starting games seems problematic for the player.

At his former clubs, he’s been impressive too. He scored 55 in 155 appearances for AFC Wimbledon and scored 35 goals in 67 games for Charlton.

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When the Reds signed the striker, it was deemed a very good signing by the club – and a statement of intent.

During Taylor’s time at the club, Forest have had three managers and each of them have preferred systems that play with one striker.

With strikers in short supply in Cooper’s squad, Taylor will continue getting chances – at least until January.

With every underwhelming performance, it only serves to enhance the notion that Taylor is the right striker at the wrong time for Forest.

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