Lyle not a Taylor-made replacement say Pressley

Lyle Taylor has made an impressive start to his Falkirk career
Lyle Taylor has made an impressive start to his Falkirk career

Steven Pressley has told his Falkirk players not to rely on new signing Lyle Taylor when it comes to scoring goals.

The striker bagged a hat-trick in Sunday’s defeat to Middlesbrough but the Bairns boss has said he expects more players to contribute in front of goal than was the case last season.

In the last campaign Falkirk often relied on the aerial ability of Faird El Alagui, a tactic that paid dividends as the hitman bagged 27 goals in 43 games.

But with the French-Morrocan now on the books of Brentford the Bairns must now find another route to goal.

Many fans believe that gap could be filled by Taylor.

“It was always going to be a major challenge to replace Farid,” Pressley told Heraldsport.

“Not just from a playing perspective, but in terms of his relationship with the fans.

“Lyle is slightly different to Farid. He’s more mobile, his movement is quicker, but he doesn’t carry the same aerial threat.

“This season, the way we play, the way we operate, we will need to get goals from other players. Last season, there was a lot of emphasis on the wide areas. This season it might be different, with more threaded passes through the middle.”

And with attacking midfielders like Andy Haworth and Luke Leahy already added to his squad, Pressley shouldn’t be short of options in front of goal.

Falkirk return to competitive football on Saturday when they host Stirling Albion in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

“I’m pleased with our progress, we’re looking sharper and it’s a good time to return to action,” commented the Bairns boss.

Blair Alston and David Weatherston will miss out, but Falkirk are otherwise at full-strength.