Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor will remain available for transfer this summer, according to The Athletic. Last season, the 32-year-old spent the second half of the campaign with Birmingham City and it’s likely he will remain in the Championship.
Taylor was spotted following Forest’s play-off victories. He was seen jeeing up the team as they prepared for penalties against Sheffield United and was then seen on the pitch following the Wembley heroics of his teammates.
His future doesn’t look like being at Forest though. The experienced striker has never played a Premier League game during his career and sadly for him that doesn’t look like changing.
Taylor is a likeable character. He is well respected on Trentside and Steve Cooper praised him for his professionalism when he first arrived at the City Ground.
It’s fair to say his move to Forest hasn’t quite gone according to plan. He was in and out of the team during 2020/21 and scored five goals from 41 appearances.
He was expected to play as a second striker alongside Lewis Grabban. A change in manager saw Chris Hughton utilise one up top and that meant he was largely viewed as a second fiddle.
Taylor scored two vitally important goals for the Reds last season. His injury-time salvo at Bristol City saw Forest come from behind to win and that proved a massive for the team.
Given that Taylor was given a sizeable contract when he signed for Forest, a loan move looks more likely. Either way, it seems as though the 11-cap striker won’t be at the City Ground during the 2022/23 campaign.
Taylor available for transfer and it’s best for all parties
The Reds talisman has been a big influence in the dressing room. That won’t be enough next season though and Forest will need to add some real quality.
Taylor, 32, will be desperate to play. He’s coming towards the twilight of his career and he will want to ensure that he’s not sat on the bench for the rest of his career.
The ex-Charlton man will comfortably get himself a Championship club and it will be interesting to see where he lines up during 2022/23.