West London Sport have claimed that Brentford are looking to lure Lyle Taylor to Griffin Park from Charlton Athletic before Thursday’s deadline, but surely Leeds United have got to consider rivalling The Bees.
Brentford are said to be in talks with Charlton over a move for 29-year-old Taylor, who has been in the form of his life over the past 12 months. Indeed, the striker has stunned many in a Charlton shirt.
Joining Charlton in the summer of 2018, Taylor became The Addicks attacking spearhead under Lee Bowyer. The striker amassed an enormous 25 goals as Charlton gained promotion, but it was not just his goals that were key.
His ability to sprinkle a dose of creativity on the Charlton side boosted the Addicks. He laid on a further 13 assists, as Charlton beat Sunderland 2-1 in the League One play-off semi-final to gain promotion back to the second tier.
Taylor continued his impeccable recent form in the first Championship outing of the campaign – the first time he has ever played at this level in English football. He scored the winner as Charlton beat Blackburn 2-1.
Decent in the air but able to cover plenty of ground in no time at all, Taylor is a goal machine that is in peak form. He is already showing that he is more than capable of scoring goals in the Championship.
Leeds have got to consider a move for Taylor, then, especially considering his contract is due to expire next summer. The Whites have lost Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht for the same reason.
Leeds are left with just Patrick Bamford as a recognised striker in the senior team, though Tyler Roberts can play there and Ryan Edmondson is coming through. But bringing in a new number nine could be crucial.
Why not a player in the last 12 months of their contract who had a hand in 38 goals last season? Bowyer might even do his old team Leeds a favour, by allowing Taylor to move to Elland Road.