The Telegraph ran two stories with Aston Villa Football Club in the spotlight. Left-back Neil Taylor has withdrawn from Ryan Giggs’ Wales team after being forced off at halftime against Derby County last Friday.
Uh oh – Neil Taylor has withdrawn from the Wales squad that is to face Denmark in UEFA Nations League play later this week. The 29-year old left-back failed to recover in time following Aston Villa’s 3-0 exhilarating victory over Derby County.
Taylor was injured around the twenty-minute mark, but made it through until halftime. He was substituted for Ahmed Elmohamady as Dean Smith’s claret and blue scored three unanswered goals. The injury leaves Wales manager Ryan Giggs shorthanded at the back with Tottenham defender Ben Davies unavailable as well.
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This is certainly not good news for Aston Villa, as Taylor has become an important, integral starter under the new manager. As the only recognized left-back in the squad, his health is paramount going into the January transfer window – where it’s expected the club will make an addition.
Hopefully this week and next gives Taylor the opportunity to rest and recuperate before a busy month of December awaits. Villa play arch-rivals Birmingham City next, on Sunday, November 25th.
In other transfer news, this is going to be Gary Cahill’s final season with Chelsea FC. Cahill, a former Villan, will be allowed to leave Maurizio Sarri’s team on-loan this January, after which, his contract will expire in the summer.
In a twist, Aston Villa are among the several possible suitors. The interest makes sense as the club struggled mightily on defense under former manager Steve Bruce. Axel Tuanzebe, celebrating his 21st Birthday on Wednesday, has really come along in recent weeks as James Chester centre-back partner.
Depth, however, is a concern as midfielder-turned-defender Mile Jedinak occupies the role as third-choice. Someone should be brought in to challenge the position group, provide cover for injury, and possibly develop as a long-term option.