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Lyle Taylor has ‘point to prove’ as he signs for League One club after leaving Nott’m Forest

Lyle Taylor has a ‘point to prove’ as he signs for League One club Wycombe Wanderers, having struggled for game time in recent seasons.

The Chairboys have signed the free agent on a short-term deal to boost their options up front, having been let go by Forest in the summer.

He hasn’t played a league game since May 2022, when he was on loan at Birmingham City, but the 33 year old is ready to get himself back to playing again.

His new club currently sit 12th in the third tier, with 22 points from 16 games played. They are five points below the playoff places and 6 points above the drop zone.

Wycombe Wanderers have landed the signing of striker Lyle Taylor on a short-term deal, the club are delighted to announce.

The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest and goes straight into the squad to face AFC Wimbledon in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 12.30pm).

Capped 15 times by Montserrat, Lyle has been a regular thorn in the side of the Chairboys throughout his career, scoring five times in seven appearances against Wycombe, winning six of them.

He became AFC Wimbledon’s all-time goalscorer after forming a lethal alliance with Wanderers legend Adebayo Akinfenwa, and helped Charlton Athletic win promotion to the Championship with a prolific goalscoring record, netting 36 times in two seasons.

That form earned him a move to Nottingham Forest, where he scored against the Blues in the Championship, and he impressed in a loan spell with Birmingham at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

He arrives at Adams Park following the news that Brandon Hanlan is likely to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury last weekend.

Lyle will wear squad number 30, and his deal remains subject to EFL and FA approval.

Manager Matt Bloomfield said, as per Bucks Free Press: “I’m pleased to have him on board.

“I’ve been speaking to Lyle for a couple of months since the end of the summer transfer window.

“We were looking to see if Lyle was able to come in at that point, but he had attention from clubs higher up the food chain.

“He wanted to see if anything came to fruition and unfortunately for him, it didn’t but fortunately for us, he was still available.

“After the weekend, I spoke to him and following our conversations, he is so hungry to prove what he can do.

“He can score goals with his feet, he’s a player with great calibre that has played at a very high level.

“This could work for us and I like him a lot.

“He’s got a point to prove and we know he’s got that goal scoring ability.

“Got a lot of experience so we’re looking forward to welcoming him in.

“Lyle is a very good goal scorer and he is someone who has been a pain when playing against Wycombe.

“During the Wimbledon days when it was him and B [Adebayo Akinfenwa] up top, they caused us so many problems.

“He’s got a lot of quality and we’re hoping to provide him with a platform to get himself going again.

“He’s got a load of football left in his legs still and hopefully he’ll come good for us.

“Wycombe has been a home for people over the last few years who have one last point to prove.

“Look at Bayo when he joined us from Wimbledon, he had six of the best years of his career with us.

“Other players in their 30s have gone on to play some of their best football, and I’ll be honest, I’ve warmed to Lyle due to our conversations.

“He’s very honest as he tells you the truth behind the situation and I admire that.

“He leads the line, he’s a thorn in the opposition and he knows how to score.”

Lyle Taylor has a ‘point to prove’ as he signs for League One club Wycombe Wanderers after leaving Nott’m Forest…

@Jake_R88: First day at big school went well


@BigBadBraz: Well, us Charlton fans know Lyle loves a short-term deal with a club

@RussWWFC: Gotta be worth a punt given the current striker shortage. Welcome, and good luck Lyle.

@hw1905: Big school not so big now is it @lyletaylor90

@Tom_C09: Good luck lyle

@WXSLYY: He’s a baller!!!

@HarvMarksy: They must pay some decent wages, they get a lot of these experienced football league heads coming to the end of their career.

@hw1905: Let this be a lesson to any #cafc player in future who thinks they’re too good for us and puts their own ego and career before the club that gave them the platform to showcase their talents, that the grass is not always greener elsewhere 👍👍

@jajlockwood10: Had to snake us for his big money move, how’s that turning out for you now lyle? 🐍🐍🐍

@BillyCarroll21: Another one we’ve missed out on. Becoming a joke now #lofc

@Rads_NFFC: Lyle & Dale Taylor up front what a combo. Really glad he’s got a club..

@M14Moore: Feels like someone who might have solved our goal scoring problems. #ecfc

@jaydotclark: The bottle job has picked a club that has already played us at home 🤣 #cafc

@atstephens92: I’ve always wanted him here. Never thought it would actually happen

@AFCWTWEETS2: Just in time to face us Saturday 😭

@CharltonLife: Wonder how they charmed him… 🪈🐍

@ginganinga177: Good christ what a signing that is

@matting24: Wow what a signing that is

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