Former Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor was strongly linked with a switch to Glasgow Rangers as Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson embarked on a summer spending spree.
Let’s face it, Gerrard isn’t exactly short of striker options, as he has four different alternatives to choose from – and that’s without even mentioning outcast former Birmingham City man Greg Stewart.
Even so, Taylor was a wanted man in the summer, for a very good reason, as the 30-year-old scored 11 goals and supplied one assist in the Championship for the Addicks last season.
He was previously linked with Rangers when the Ibrox outfit were interested in buying his former teammate Joe Aribo last year. But the Gers decided against signing the Montserrat international in the end, as they completed deals for Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe instead.
So, the in-demand striker became Nottingham Forest’s third signing of the summer, after the free agent agreed a three-year deal at the City Ground.
Of course, it’s easy to say that with the benefit of hindsight, but the fact remains that if Rangers had decided to pull the trigger they could’ve had an absolute bargain on their hands.
Taylor, who’s market value is currently rated at £1.26m via Transfermarkt, is arguably one of the best strikers in the EFL, as his goal-scoring record speaks volumes – a staggering 143 goals in 394 appearances in all competitions during his club career so far. By comparison, Stewart has only managed 89 goals in 346 games, according to Transfermarkt.
It’s safe to say that the veteran would have at the very least guaranteed goals galore, which is more than can be said for Stewart, who has found himself on the fringes of the squad this season.
One thing’s for sure, we would’ve loved to see Taylor don the light blue, especially when you consider the fact that he was available on a free transfer. He’s also a big admirer of Aribo, which implies that he would have been the perfect fit at Ibrox.
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