Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has admitted to the press that star striker Lyle Taylor’s ‘head has been turned’ after the club reportedly rejected a £4m offer from Brentford for the player’s services.
According to London News Online, the 29-year-old was subjected to many bids by London rivals Brentford on Thursday’s deadline, but owner Roland Duchatelet snubbed them all.
With Taylor now into the final year of his contract, coupled with Charlton’s well-documented financial problems, a conclusion to this saga is crucial for the Addicks both financially and on the pitch.
The report goes on to state that Bowyer understands that the club are unable to put together a wage package that matches his stature and importance to the club due to the strict spending controls while Duchatelet looks to flog the club.
Speaking to South London Press (via London News Online), Bowyer said: “The player has got to want to sign a deal.
“The hardest thing now is his head has been turned by a very good contract offer by Brentford.
“We ain’t offering what Brentford are offering, we ain’t ever going to offer what Brentford are offering. But it is not just Brentford. There was another club interested in him but they didn’t want to pay the money – so they didn’t even make an offer. But we know they were interested in him.
“The most important thing is he is here and scoring goals.
“Of course we would like to tie him down – that’s blatantly obvious. But unfortunately, as everyone knows, money talks. For Lyle it is a difficult situation.
“We will be making him an improved offer, that’s for sure, then it is down to Lyle whether he wants to sign it. We have got a budget, that’s just the way it is.”
After Charlton’s and Lyle Taylor’s fantastic start to the Championship, you can already tell how paramount he is to this side. With Charlton sitting in the promotion spots after two games, his two goals and assist have been vital in their wins over Blackburn and Stoke respectively.
Since joining the club, he has been prolific: 27 goals in 47 games (Transfermarkt) for the Addicks is why Brentford are knocking at the door.
Even though Charlton have had a perfect start to life in the second-tier, they are still to be considered one of the worst teams on paper in the Championship – this Telegraph pre-season guide considers them ‘relegation candidates’.
This could leave Charlton with a catch 22 situation with Taylor depending on the situation come January. His goals could provide Charlton with what they need to stay up – which, in turn, would provide the club with more money – or, the club could cash in on Taylor while they can in January to ensure that he does not leave the club for free – though, similarly, without his goals Charlton could be sent back to League One, causing a whole new set of financial problems.
It’s obviously hugely negative for Charlton that Taylor’s head has been turned. The club will find it very difficult to keep him in January unless a takeover has happened, as the club simply needs the money.
On the contrary, if somehow Charlton keep up this magnificent form and find themselves around the top six, then Taylor might be willing to give it one last crack with them to see where they can go.
Ultimately, though, with Taylor being offered a huge increase in his wages, you cannot blame the 29-year-old for wanting to earn more money and to join a side more likely to reach the Premier League.
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