Charlton Athletic beat Luton Town on Saturday, and as has often been the case this season, they had one man to thank for their three points.
Indeed, Lyle Taylor once again fired Charlton to victory, netting twice in the Addicks’ 3-1 win.
The striker has scored in six of Charlton’s 10 wins this term, finding the winner in three of those, and it’s hard to imagine that the London club would be clear of the relegation zone without their top scorer.
The peculiar thing is that the 6 foot 2 striker hasn’t necessarily been performing brilliantly this season.
Taylor isn’t always the best player on the pitch, but he’s usually amongst the most effective, and the stats show that was the case again on Saturday.
Two chances, two goals.
That tells you all you need to know about Charlton’s main man, he doesn’t do all that much aside from scoring goals, but if he gets a sniff of a chance, he’ll punish the opposition.
When he wasn’t scoring goals, he was largely ineffective.
He made just one defensive contribution, producing one successful tackle.
His pass success rate was just 54.6 per cent, meaning almost half of his passes didn’t find the mark, and he didn’t do much to create opportunities for himself, failing to complete a single dribble.
Taylor’s performance wasn’t much to marvel at, but he was still the deciding factor on Saturday.
It truly was a showing that epitomised what the striker is about as a player, a simple but effective showing that earnt his team the three points. Lee Bowyer will certainly have no room to complain if Taylor keeps doing what he’s doing. He now better hope he signs a new contract.
In other news, Charlton fans have been swooning over one man.