Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor has been discussing his future during an interview with Birmingham Live. The striker is currently finishing the season on loan with Birmingham City, although he’s under contract at Forest next season.
Taylor had fallen down the pecking order under Steve Cooper. He was being used as a peripheral figure at a time when Lewis Grabban was helping himself to 13 goals.
The signing of Keinan Davis was a further suggestion that Taylor wouldn’t get game time. As a result, Cooper didn’t stand his way when the Blues came calling.
Taylor signed for Forest in the summer of 2021. He joined on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic and it took him some time to settle on Trentside.
He was behind Grabban in the pecking order; with Chris Hughton preferring one striker when he checked in at the club.
During 2021/22, he did manage three goals with two coming in stoppage time during a dramatic 2-1 win at Bristol City back in October.
Despite his future likely to be up in the air when the summer comes around, Taylor is quite relaxed about the situation.
He told Birmingham Live: “I go back to Forest for pre-season and I’m sure there will be plenty of time to have conversations at the end of the season.
“I’m sure I’ll be told where I’m at and what the club want to do and what I want to do. I’m not too worried. I have a contract. Some footballers are out of contract, I’m not one of those.”
Forest must offload Taylor in the summer
Taylor has been a likeable player but ultimately he’s fallen short when it comes to scoring the number of goals that the club thought he might.
It hasn’t helped him that he’s been behind Grabban in the pecking order and he’s been forced to try and make an impact as a substitute.
He clearly relishes playing for Lee Bowyer and if the Blues boss is keen to sign him next year, it’s something Forest should look to do.