Charlton’s Lyle Taylor is the hottest striker outside the Premier League at the moment.
The 29-year-old has scored in four successive games as the Addicks remain unbeaten in the Championship this season.
One of the bookmakers’ favourites to go down, Charlton sit in fifth place after four games – largely thanks to Taylor’s prowess.
It could have been so different for Lee Bowyer’s side had Taylor left for Brentford on transfer deadline day earlier this month.
Unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet finally did something positive for Charlton fans as he rejected a series of bids from Brentford – the latest worth around £4million – for their talisman.
A free transfer signing from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2018, Taylor scored 21 goals in his debut campaign at the Valley as Charlton won promotion to the Championship.
And the step up to the second tier has not fazed the Greenwich-born Montserrat international, who has netted against Blackburn, Stoke, Barnsley and Nottingham Forest already this season.
His penalty kicks have also become the stuff of legend at The Valley.
Taylor’s form in 2019 has been so good that he is up there with some of the Premier League’s most lethal forwards.
Since the turn of the year, Taylor has scored more league goals than Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Only Norwich’s Teemu Pukki has more league goals this year, with his hat-trick against Newcastle last weekend taking his league tally in 2019 to 18.
Taylor may be playing in a lower league than all the big-name strikers, but it’s a highly impressive statistic nonetheless – particularly considering he was turning out for Falkirk in the Scottish third tier only six years ago.
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