Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has admitted that hanging onto striker Lyle Taylor “will be impossible” if he carries on at the rate he is.
The 29-year-old forward has been in fine form this season, scoring four times in as many games, making him the current joint-top scorer in the division.
Taylor has now entered the final year of his contract and considering the club’s well-documented financial restraints, the club face a serious uphill battle to keep him at The Valley.
Furthermore, it was recently said by Bowyer himself that Taylor’s “head had been turned” in the South London Press, stating that Brentford’s rejected bid on deadline day offered the player a much bigger wage packet – one that the club simply could not match.
And now Bowyer has opened up further about the likelihood of keeping Taylor around beyond the January transfer window, saying that the club just cannot compete financially.
“I think it will be impossible to keep him,” he told News Shopper.
“We started discussions [about a new contract] before the deadline, but it’s tough when you have other clubs offering what they do in this division.
“How can we compete? We can’t. That’s the reality of it.
“But we have him at the moment and he’s scored four in four.
“I’m just going to enjoy working with him whilst I can.
“That’s the nature of the game, if he goes and scores ten goals between now and January, someone will obviously come in with probably more than what they offered in the summer.
“For me, he’s a twenty goal a season striker no matter what division.”
Since Lyle Taylor has joined the club he has scored 29 goals in 49 games in all competitions, proving to be a huge part of their promotion campaign last year. Additionally, Taylor was also named the club’s player of the season.
Still, with Charlton still stuck with Roland Duchatelet, it is hard to see him getting a contract that other clubs would give him at the Valley as fan protests continue against the owner. Merely looking at the Lee Bowyer saga earlier this summer should suggest that getting Taylor tied down to a new deal may not be straightforward.
London rivals Brentford are understood to have had four bids snubbed for the player over the course of the summer and the Bees lost Neal Maupay towards the end of the summer window, so perhaps there’s a chance they could return for the player.
It’s hard to gauge how bad this is for Charlton, as the funds that he could generate in January may go along way, but at the same time, they will lose their best player.
With Duchatelet not looking like selling up any time soon, then the most likely outcome seems to be that Taylor will be sold in January.
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