Lee Bowyer has said Birmingham City need to enjoy Lyle Taylor for as long as he is on loan from Nottingham Forest. The 32-year-old scored his fourth goal for the Blues yesterday as they defeated West Brom 1-0 on home soil.
Taylor was allowed to go on loan to Birmingham during January. He only found the net three times for Forest during 2021/22 and found first-team football really hard to come by ahead of Lewis Grabban,
The experienced talisman has scored 13 goals for Forest this season. That led to Taylor acting as a backup and he struggled to get going in appearances from the bench.
Taylor scored 11 goals during 2019/20 as Charlton enjoyed a return to the Championship. That earned him a move to Forest but it’s not exactly been the dream move he had hoped for at the City Ground.
Now, he’s trying to rediscover himself at Birmingham under the manager who has arguably got the very best out of him.
He told Birmingham Live: “He’s got good mobility, he does everything that I want from a striker. He holds the ball up, he works hard in and out of possession; scores goals and creates chances.
“We will have to see in the summer and see what happens between now and the end of the season. If you ask me if I like Lyle as a player, I had to fight hard to bring him here and I’m glad he’s here.
“We will see what the situation is come the summer but for as long as we have him here, we have to enjoy him. I know he’s enjoying it here.”
Forest should try and move Taylor on
The Reds and Taylor just hasn’t worked out. As a result, Forest would perhaps be wise to try and move him on during the summer, especially if a permanent bid is forthcoming.
Forest opted to pay Taylor a decent contract. He was signed on a free transfer and his salary proved pretty substantial at the time.
It seems unlikely that he’ll be the first choice striker next season, with Cooper likely to favour younger players at the top end of the pitch.
With that in mind, Forest have to look at offloading Taylor at the end of the campaign.