BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lyle Taylor has told Joe Aribo to savour playing in the current Charlton Athletic side – because he might never experience the same kind of connection again.
Both players were on target for the Addicks in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Rochdale.
The result saw Charlton finish third in the League One table. They go to Doncaster Rovers on Sunday in the play-off semi-final first leg.
Taylor, who was voted the club’s Player of the Year at their awards night on Sunday, won the League Two play-offs with AFC Wimbledon.
He quit the Dons last summer and has banged in 24 goals for the SE7 outfit this season.
Taylor, speaking on Saturday evening, said: “I just had a conversation with Joe Aribo and he said: ‘This group is unbelievable’. And I said: ‘You need to savour this, because you might never feel like this again in football’.
“I was lucky enough to have a good team when I was at Wimbledon, when we got promoted. But this team is streets ahead of that. These boys can fight, these boys have got a togetherness which is as good, if not better, than that Wimbledon team had. And these boys can play football. Seriously, these boys can play.
“We want it all. We want every single point, every single goal – everything we can get. And that will stay the case over the coming weeks.”
Taylor had sat out the penultimate fixture of the regulation campaign at Gillingham.
And he came off to a standing ovation after Krsytian Bielik had netted Charlton’s fourth goal at the weekend.
“The Gillingham game was a precaution,” said Taylor. “I could’ve played, if I’d been needed.
“It’s just a case of keep going. I felt good out there. There’s a little more left in the legs and hopefully that’s enough for me to get a few more goals.
“I’m just a part in the machine. We all have to play our part. And if we do that, we’ll be fine.”
Taylor could have been lining up for another team in the play-offs – if had not been for Lee Bowyer’s powers of persuasion.
Asked about what made him choose Charlton in the summer, the frontman replied: “The manager. It was a choice between here and Sunderland.”
PICTURE BY PAUL EDWARDS
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.