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Neil Taylor | Defensemen | #3

Team: Aston Villa
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 141

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Neil Taylor will be out of action for an unspecified amount of time after the full back fractured his cheekbone in training yesterday.
Taylor will have an operation on his cheekbone but it is unclear how soon he will be back in action. If he is able to play while wearing a protective mask, he may not miss much time at all. Otherwise, it could be several weeks as his face begins to heal. His absence opens the door for Stephen Kingsley to once again attempt to make a good impression, this time for his third manager of the season. Kingsley has shown flashes of fantasy appeal but if playing in a format that relies heavily on clean sheets for defenders, he and the rest of the Swans back line offers little attraction. Thu, Jan 12, 2017 05:20:00 AM

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Neil Taylor was kept out of the squad for Swansea City's FA Cup loss to Hull City over the weekend, as the full back is nursing a rib injury.

Taylor actually picked up the injury last week in the win over Crystal Palace, leaving that match on 70 minutes. With Stephen Kingsley splitting time at the position this season, Alan Curtis decided to leave Taylor out of the squad altogether against the Tigers, but the Wales international's injury is not thought to be serious and he should be in contention for the Swans next league match against Arsenal on Saturday.
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 06:26:00 AM

Neil Taylor returned to the Swansea starting line-up on Sunday but his afternoon ended rather abruptly as Francesco Guidolin hauled the Welsh defender off after a torrid opening at the Liberty Stadium.

Following his involvement in Euro 2016, Neil Taylor has found himself on the peripheries of the Swansea squad as Stephen Kingsley stakes his claim for the left-back spot. However, following an appearance in the EFL Cup and 90 minutes for Wales during the break, Taylor was afforded his first start as Guidolin aimed to stifle the Chelsea attack with five at the back. But after a dominate display from the visitors, the Swansea boss decided to change things "as we needed a reaction" which saw Taylor replaced much to his annoyance. There was a frank exchange of words but Guidolin was quick to dispel any notion that his withdrawal had caused any problems: "I chose to change something and I am sorry. He is a good guy. He understood - there's no problem between us."
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 05:13:00 AM

Neil Taylor looks to be back to full fitness, giving Francesco Guidolin something to think about as Taylor looks to oust Stephen Kingsley from the left back role.

Taylor started and played the full 90 minutes for Wales in a match against Moldova over the international break and looks ready to see league action. He looked to be the left back of choice entering the season before injury allowed Kingsley the shot. Kingsley has put in a couple of fine performances but Taylor signed an new contract during the preseason and will be expecting a chance to regain his role. Those fantasy managers who were able to get use out of Kingsley in the first couple of weeks should be prepared to part ways with him but with the brutal schedule that lies ahead for Swansea, there really is nothing promising about investment from any of their defenders.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 11:13:00 AM

Neil Taylor, who has been kept out of Swansea City's matchday squad due to a lack of fitness, is pegged to start against Peterborough in Tuesday night's EFL Cup.

The way things are shaping up, Stephen Kingsley looks to start at least one more league game, this weekend against defending champs Leicester, as Francesco Guidolin will surely not want Taylor to go from lacking fitness straight to two starts in five days. It may take an extremely positive display from Kingsley or an extremely negative one from Taylor to prevent the latter from regaining his spot at left back. Taylor may have been dropped in draft leagues and could drop to 4.4m in the FPL game soon. Swansea have a tough schedule ahead but in deep leagues he may be worth an add after Week 3 passes.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 05:17:00 AM

Neil Taylor is though to be fit enough for the Wales international team's squad as they set to face the Ukraine in a friendly later this evening.

Taylor missed out on Swansea's win over Aston Villa in Week 31 with a dead leg, and was still recovering during the weekend of this current international break, but he looks to be fit enough for the bench tonight and appears likely to return to the Swans XI this weekend when they visit Stoke City. Wales has three international left backs in the Premier League battling injury during this break, as Ben Davies and Paul Dummett are also sidelined.
Source: Tab Online
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 11:09:00 AM

Swansea City's remarkably poor form continued as Neil Taylor's handling of a cross awarded Liverpool a penalty which was converted to give the Reds a 1-0 win.

Frustrating times indeed for the Welsh club as Garry Monk must be feeling his job soon slipping away. He named a similar side that drew with Bournemouth last week and the changes don't seem to be making a positive difference, outside of perhaps Kyle Bartley who did well to keep a Jordan Ibe shot from going in. Jonjo Shelvey, who was involved in both of the Swans goals last week was absent, serving a suspension, and it wasn't until the final half hour after having conceded that the attack began showing competence. That period included efforts from former starters turned substitutes Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis, but it wasn't enough to break through the Liverpool defense. Taylor will get the brunt of the blame for setting the Reds up for the penalty score but the Swans as a unit are simply in disarray these days.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Swansea City concluded their preseason with a 0-0 result against Deportivo La Coruna at the Liberty Stadium.

Taylor started the Swans' previous friendly a week ago and this was the final test before opening away to Chelsea next weekend. To see him starting again is a good sign that he has held Franck Tabanou off for now for the left back spot. Interestingly, Tabanou came on in the second half and was at the center of the game's biggest controversy. Deportivo had a shot hit off of Tabanou's hand in the area, but no penalty was awarded, resulting in a scuffle that ended with five yellow cards being issued.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 02:59:00 PM

Swansea City have officially signed Franck Tabanou from St. Etienne on a transfer that came with a fee around £3.5m.

Tabanou plays on the left, with experience as a full back and midfielder. It would stand to reason that Garry Monk views his new toy as a left back, and immediately creates a position battle between Tabanou and incumbent Neil Taylor. Taylor saw his position taken over by Ben Davies two seasons ago before reclaiming it last year, but even with a freshly renewed contract, the Swans apparently want to have two viable options. This may be a situation that does not clear itself up by Week 1, making both risky fantasy investments until we know who Monk prefers.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Swansea City is rumored to be pursuing Saint-Etienne Franck Tabanou, with a transfer fee reported to be in the neighborhood of £3.5m.

Tabanou is hitting his prime at the age of 26 and would immediately challenge for playing time if brought to Liberty Stadium. He plays on the left, with experience both in defense and midfield, sometimes splitting the difference as a wing back. His goal rate would lead you to believe he is wanted more as a defender, which would immediately threaten Neil Taylor, who is the current left back of choice.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, May 29, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Neil Taylor will miss this weekend's trip to Leicester and next weekend's trip to Newcastle United as he serves a 2-match ban for accumulating his tenth yellow card of the season.

With Taylor unavailable and Kyle Naughton lost for the remainder of the season to injury, the Swans will incorporate their backups to fill the full back positions. Angel Rangel is a certainty, and will likely take Taylor's spot at left back, while Kyle Bartley looks the favorite between he and Jordi Amat to deputize on the right. Both matches are away from the Liberty, so between half of their preferred back line missing out and having to defend on the road, Swansea may not be a reliable source for clean sheets in Taylor's absence.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:46:00 AM

Neil Taylor began the season as one of the better budget options available in defense and he has consistently produced all season while still at a bargain value.

Taylor has only missed one match this season as he has been a rock at left back, making the departure of Ben Davies look like a good business move. There's no rumor that Garry Monk is shopping for anyone that may challenge Taylor for his spot during January's transfer window, so Taylor looks to be nailed on through season's end. At 7.1m and hosting a Villa side that have struggled for goals, he is a solid buy for Boxing Day.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 01:02:00 PM

Swansea City welcomed Neil Taylor back to the starting line-up for their Capital One Cup match with Birmingham City on Wednesday.

The young left back had been absent from the line-up for approximately a month due to injury but he is available again and will compete with Ben Davies for playing time. Swansea are blessed with two good young left backs in Taylor and Davies and with both healthy it will be an interesting competition for playing time. This is a good thing for Swansea and Wales but not so much for fantasy managers who will be frustrated with the lack of certainty over who will start from week to week.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:54:00 PM