Neil Taylor



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  • Date of birth: 7/2/1989
  • Height: 5'9" (180cm)
  • Signed: 31/1/2017
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Wales international Neil Taylor joined Villa in January 2017.

His arrival brought an end to a seven-year association with Swansea City. 

The left-back was a key figure in the Swans’ promotion to the Premier League and a focal part of Chris Coleman’s Wales backline in their memorable run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. 

Originally part of Manchester City’s academy, Taylor linked up with Wrexham’s youth system and penned his first professional deal in 2007. 

He made his senior debut in August as a 79th-minute substitute in a second round League Cup match against Villa at the Racecourse – the claret and blues running out 5-0 winners.  

A total of 27 League Two appearances followed as Wrexham were relegated to the Conference from the Football League. 

Despite their disappointment, Taylor caught the eye with his displays and signed a new deal, keeping him in North Wales until 2010. 

In October 2008, Taylor scored his first career goal, in a 3–1 home win over York City and followed it up with another in a 5–0 rout of Eastbourne Borough. 

His only other Wrexham goal came in his last appearance in April 2010, volleying home against Grays Athletic. 

This form alerted Brendan Rogers and he earned a big move to Championship Swansea City and helped secure promotion to the top-flight in his first season. 

He was, however, sent off after 53 seconds in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Nottingham Forest – the match ended in a goalless draw. 

Taylor’s impressive form continued in the Premier league as his solid, all-action and committed displays helped seal an 11th-place finish in their first season. 

He suffered a broken ankle in September 2012, ruling him out of the majority of the remainder of the campaign. 

In February, he was back in full training and made his first team return in a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in April 2013 and quickly became the South Wales side’s first-choice left-back once more. 

Internationally, he made his debut for Wales in a friendly against Croatia in 2010.

Taylor played every minute as Wales reached a tournament semi-final for the first time in last year’s Euros. 

He scored his first international goal in a 3–0 group win over Russia – his first since the parting gift to Wrexham. 

Stuart Pearce named Taylor in his 18-man Great Britain squad for the 2012 summer Olympics and he appeared in all their group matches. 

Taylor is of Welsh-Indian descent and travels to India to promote football during the close season. 

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