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Posted on June 26, 2021  in Stoke

Stoke City are reportedly keeping an eye on Nottingham Forest striker Lyle Taylor according to the latest media reports.



English Championship clubs including Stoke City are not expected to do transfers involving a lot of money due to the effects of the dreaded Covid-19 on finances. To this effect, the Potters are looking for bargain buys and free transfers that could boost the present playing squad and the aforementioned Taylor falls in this category.

Stoke City are said to be on the alert for players that could improve their team like Taylor just as other clubs are aware that players like Welsh international Sam Vokes, BenikAfobe and Tom Ince are available for sale if the Potters receive a good fee for them.

English publication Stoke Sentinel revealed that Potters boss Michael O’Neill wants to add an athletic option to his forward line to provide competition for striker Steven Fletcher and Taylor could be the man for the job.

Stoke City scored just 50 times in 46 Championship games last season and it is an area that needs to improve if the Potters want to secure promotion to the Premier League at the end of the new season.

The Potters had averaged 1.5 goals per game before the injury to striker Tyrese Campbell and 0.9 goals per game was averaged after his injury to show the importance of an athletic option upfront.

Swansea City and Barnsley scored 56 goals and 58 goals to reach the playoffs but the usual goal mark needed to get to the Championship playoffs is at least 60 goals and it takes around 70 goals to get to the automatic promotion slots.

Stoke City finished the season with midfielder Nick Powell as their topscorer with 12 goals, while the previously mentioned Fletcher was next with nine goals.