Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor is set to sign for a new club on loan, Reds head coach Steve Cooper confirmed after last night’s game. Forest defeated Barnsley 3-0 at the City Ground, with Taylor left out of the matchday squad.
The 31-year-old has found regular game time hard to come by this season. He has scored just three goals for the team and will now head out in search of regular first-team football.
Taylor has started eight times in the Championship this season. Otherwise, he’s been getting minutes from the bench and as a result, his consistency has struggled.
At this stage, it’s not clear which club the striker will join; although it seems likely that it will be a move that sees him stay in the Championship.
Former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is in place at Birmingham and there is a lot of sense in that particular deal.
Forest signed Keinan Davis earlier this month. With that in mind, Cooper will likely feel that his squad is well-stocked in attack, with Lewis Grabban also on 13 goals for the season.
Following last night’s game, Cooper confirmed that Taylor will be heading out, although he had time to praise the striker.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I’ve been fair with Lyle and he’s been really fair with me and the club.
“He wants to play. He’s 30-plus, he lives for playing and I haven’t been able to give him that opportunity. I don’t want to stand in his way of getting games.
“Lyle has been good around the place. We’ve had a lot of open discussions. If the move does go through, we’ll wish him well and we’ll maybe talk about it after.”
Beginning of the end: Taylor could be done at Forest
Nothing against the lad but this could be it for Taylor at Forest. He’s managed just eight goals in 61 appearances for the Reds and he’s perhaps fallen short of expectations.
Taylor simply needs to play. He’s not going to improve and start scoring goals when ultimately, he’s getting 10-15 minutes here and there.
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There is perhaps still a goalscorer in there somewhere. The challenge for Taylor is to leave Forest, get plenty of game time, score some goals and then see what happens in the summer.
It does, however, seem unlikely that he will have a future at Forest.