A lot has been made about the improvement of the Aston Villa defence during our recent run of form. This is partly down to the signings of Tyrone Mings and Korney Hause. Both have been nothing short of sensational since their arrival. But some have overlooked the resurgence of Neil Taylor.
Villa have won 8 games on the bounce and have the change to make it 9 on Friday against relegation-doomed Bolton Wanderers. We have seen an astronomical improvement to what was a very shaky defence. Villa are not leaking goals like they were at the start of the season.
There is now a lot more stability in our defence. We no longer have to rely on just James Chester and Tommy Elphick. Dean Smith’s men don’t look like a mistake waiting to happen. Axel Tuanzebe’s return has also come at the right time following a suspension to Mings.
The English man’s passion for a loan player is a joy to behold. It is refreshing to see, especially from a player with so much quality. It has given Smith and his team a good selection headache as to who should be starting in the centre of defence.
New lease of life
As I already touched upon, one player who has seen a new lease of life is Welsh International, Neil Taylor. The left-back has been made into a scapegoat at times in the past and maybe rightly so. He was underperforming and really struggling to find his form but no-one can deny he has hit top form of late.
Taylor will be first to admit that he isn’t the fastest or most attacking of full-backs. That hasn’t prevented his determination to bomb up and down the lines. He is halting the opposition attacks and regularly contributing to our own. As we witnessed when he linked up with Jack Grealish for the winning goal against Rotherham.
The former Swansea defender often falls under the radar. He isn’t amongst the goals like Tammy Abraham and doesn’t dictate play like Jack Grealish. You could say he does the job that goes unnoticed. The way he can calm the game down and his passing is pretty impressive.
Taylor has formed a partnership with winger Anwar El Ghazi. The two link up so well on the left and have become, in my opinion, a vital part of the Aston Villa machine. Taylor is no longer the player we need to drop. Following a rough patch, he looks to have come back and defied all the odds.
Do you think Taylor should be dropped for Hause, or does he deserve to keep his spot? Have your say in the comments down below.