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Charlton talisman Lyle Taylor has delivered an update on his contract situation at The Valley.
Taylor scored 21 goals and registered 11 assists in League One last season to help the Addicks secure promotion to the Championship, and he has continued his fine form into the current campaign.
The Montserrat international – who is currently out injured – is Charlton’s top scorer with five goals in six Championship games, and will be crucial to their chances of having a successful season.
His contract is set to expire in June, but the 29-year-old has delivered an update on renewing his terms.
Taylor told London News Online: “From what I can gather there has been conversations had upstairs. If and when the club and my team can come to an agreement, I’ll stay.
“I don’t think there is a lot to say on it. If and when it happens everyone will know – I’m pretty sure I’ll start putting stuff on social media!”
The south Londoners absolutely have to get Taylor’s contract sorted.
They look a different side without him, proven by their results immediately after he picked up an injury on international duty.
Lee Bowyer’s men have lost three of the four games they’ve had to play without Taylor in the XI, starting by succumbing to defeat against Birmingham, before losing to Wigan and Swansea in the aftermath of the former AFC Wimbledon man’s injury.
Before he got injured, the Addicks had won four and drawn two of their first six Championship games this season – it is imperative that they get him back fit quickly, but more significantly, they have to get his contract sorted.
Replacing a player like Taylor is easier said than done, and will surely cost Charlton a fair bit of cash – something that doesn’t seem like an option given Roland Duchatelet’s tight stranglehold on his purse-strings.
If it comes down to the south Londoners being forced to sell in January to make a bit of money on him, that is bad enough, but losing him for nothing would be a disaster.