FOXES HUNT FOR A HITMAN
By Mark Willis
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The caretaker England manager admitted that: "It is frustrating for me because we can't score goals and I'm letting go the best striker on my books."
The Foxes brief spell at the top of the Premiership was always destined to be short-lived and Taylor's men have now slipped to fifth in the table having scored just seven times in 10 games.
An average of less than a goal per game is not exactly representative of the sort of consistency that is required to claim a place in Europe, let alone mount a genuine title challenge.
With Darren Eadie partnering record-signing Ade Akinbiyi in attack, Taylor is aware that he is lacking top-flight experience and the duo have managed just three goals between in the league this year.
Both forwards have featured in every league game, but former Norwich man Eadie has recorded a disappointing 8% goals-to-shots ratio, while Akinbiyi has only landed just over half of his 19 efforts on target.
Leicester have not scored for the last three games and have failed to record a victory since Collymore notched a goal at Stamford Bridge midway through September.
The former Aston Villa player was on a reported £13,000 a week contract at Filbert Street and that saving in wages will at least give Taylor the opportunity to purchase another striker to bolster his flagging frontline.
With Tim Flowers in inspired form and an organised rearguard to boot, Leicester certainly have the foundations of a quality side.
The midfield engine has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for the frontrunners with Steve Guppy launching 19 successful crosses into the box and creating three goals, and Neil Lennon weighing in with a further two goal assists.
With an abundance of creativity in the side, all that Taylor is missing is the finished article to latch onto the dangerous balls and then he can begin thinking ambitious thoughts once more.
But until that player is found, expect City to make no more than steady progress after their blistering start to the campaign.