Charlton striker Lyle Taylor

'Wants to see more' - Manager concerned over future of striker linked with Bristol City and Nottingham Forest

He is out-of-contract in the summer


Lee Bowyer says more needs to happen for Lyle Taylor to stay at Charlton Athletic in the summer.

The Addicks' star striker is out-of-contract at the end of the season, which prompted a flurry of interest in him in January.

Bristol City were interested in the 29-year-old, but were knocked back in their attempts at securing a swap deal for the former AFC Wimbledon man.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer

For the Robins, Taylor's future could well be a moot point after they signed Nahki Wells from Burnley, but it will still be worth keeping an eye on the future of a player who has adapted to life in the Championship fairly well during an injury-hit campaign.

Nottingham Forest were also linked to Taylor, whilst Brentford and West Bromwich Albion were said to be interested.

Bowyer signing a new contract to stay on as manager at the Valley prompted optimistic noises that Taylor may also agree to stay, but he has now revealed that more needs to happen for this to occur.

"There’s things that Lyle wants to see," Bowyer said to the News Shopper.

"Lyle’s not kept it to himself that he wanted me to sign and stay at the club, and that would influence his decision.

"But there’s other things that if they happen, there’s a chance we’ll keep him.

"It’s a discussion between Lyle and the chairman, hopefully they can resolve the other things that Lyle wants to see at this football club, and if they do happen, there’s a good chance well keep him because he doesn’t want to go.

"The one thing I guarantee is for as long as he’s here he’ll give 100%, you can see that from the way he’s playing.

"Hopefully he’ll stay."

Despite the uncertainty over Taylor's future, Bowyer says it has been a massive boost to Charlton that they were able to keep hold of him in January.

"Lyle is priceless," Bowyer continued.

"From when we brought him in to now, he’s been outstanding.  

"It was so important we kept him, on Tuesday he had one chance and one goal, he wins us the game.

"He’s been out for 14-15 weeks, that’s a long time to have our main striker out.

"I’m just glad he’s here and we didn’t lose him in January, and for as long as Lyle is here, there’s a chance of winning games."