Paul Robinson sympathises with Lyle Taylor as the Rangers target refuses to return for Charlton ahead of the Championship restart.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 30-year-old “has his eyes set” on a summer move which would be scuppered by an injury when the season recommences later this month.
Sky Sports revealed that Rangers and Burnley are among 12 clubs interested in signing the centre-forward this summer with Turkish Super Lig side Sivasspor also set to offer him a lucrative contract.
Taylor revealed he will not extend his contract by a month and help Charlton avoid relegation when the Championship returns on 20 June.
The Montserrat international has already missed a chunk of the season through injury and fears a repeat would endanger his chances of earning a contract elsewhere.
When asked by Football Insider if he supported the the former Wimbledon player in his decision, Robinson said: “It is a difficult decision.
“If he gets injured – he is stuck. He is without a contract and he has not got move.
“You can see it from a players point of view but you can also see it from the manager’s, the teammates’ and the club’s point of view. You want your best players to play.
“But if in four weeks time he is without a contract and, god forbid he has a broken leg, he is without a football club.
“He has his eyes set on a move elsewhere otherwise he would have signed a new deal at Charlton. It is his prerogative.
“If he was injured and out of contract – where is he going to get his treatment? He could be out of the game for 6-8 months and people will question if he would return the same player.”
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