Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor has revealed he will not be returning to the club following the postponement of the 2019-20 Championship season.
The 30-year-old has been in impressive form for the club this term, leading the way with 11 goals from 22 league matches.
His contribution in front of goal have bee crucial to Charlton’s relegation battle, with Lee Bowyer’s side set to resume their campaign in 22nd place.
However, Bowyer must look elsewhere for inspiration when the season resumes on June 20, because his star man does not intend to return to action.
Taylor was sidelined for several months earlier in the season with injury, and it is understood that his upcoming absence is due to his injury concerns.
The centre-forward is out of contract at the end of the month and does not want an injury to scupper any chance of a move.
His goalscoring talent is clear for all to see, but at the of 30, chances of sealing a higher-profile move are running out.
Former Premier League footballer Charlie Adam has tipped Taylor to join either Celtic or Rangers this summer.
Taylor previously spent two seasons in the Scottish Premiership with Partick Thistle, so there is a strong chance he could look to resettle there.
Though besides his brief Scottish stint, Taylor has had no other taste of top-tier football, and that’s undoubtedly where he sees himself next season.
All in all, there will still be some debate regarding the player’s motives.
While injury could indeed prove a stumbling block to his career ambitions, Taylor could be criticised for failing to aid Charlton in their bid to avoid relegation to League One.
The club may well be relegated without his goalscoring input, and perhaps he should show more respect to the club – even if manager Bowyer appears to have accepted the decision.