The Chalkboard: Lyle Taylor’s summer gamble will have paid off if Charlton reach Wembley

Charlton moved one step closer to the play-off final with a 2-1 victory away at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, although there is still a long way to go if the Addicks are to achieve success.

Prior to the start of the season, most of The Valley faithful would have bitten your hand off if you offered them a third place finish with a bottom half standing seeming more likely, although some brilliant performances and Lyle Taylor’s goals have helped them do the impossible. The big striker has been a top signing for the Addicks, but he could have been banging them in for Sunderland instead.

On the chalkboard

After the 29-year-old left Wimbledon last summer, Sky Sports (via HITC) reported on 21st July 2018 that the Black Cats were in talks to bring him to the Stadium of Light, but the Greenwich-born ace would instead opt for a return to an area he knew well: London.

Charlton beat their play-off rivals to his signature and haven’t looked back since, but what convinced the Montserrat international to make the switch to The Valley instead? Well, here‘s what he had to say before the weekend’s vital win:

“I thought for me to get to the Championship that I could go up to Sunderland, who are expected to win the league because of the size of their budget, or I could try and do something under somebody [Lee Bowyer] who I knew would back me to the hilt. So I knew playing under Bow was the right thing to do.”

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Indeed, former midfielder Bowyer has shown complete faith in Taylor, whose 2018 gamble – sacrificing a seemingly much greater chance at Championship football for the opportunity to work with ‘Bow’ – may have paid off by 26th May.

Good choice Lyle

If Charlton can repeat Sunday’s result this Friday at The Valley, they will face either Portsmouth or Sunderland at Wembley Stadium at the end of the month, where the opportunity to seize a long-awaited return to the second tier presents itself.

Taylor has already had a part to play in the extended season, netting the opener against Donny, and a fateful face-off with Sunderland seems written in the stars. The 25-goal star’s risky transfer decision will have turned into a bit of genius if the Addicks lift the trophy and it’s almost certain that he will take centre-stage.