Chris Taylor

A profile by Burnsy

Chris Taylor

Date of Birth: - 20.12.1986

Height: - 6ft

Position: - Left Wing, and behind the striker (in recent times)

Nationality: - English

Current Club: - Millwall

Estimated Market Value: - 200,000 pounds.

Linked with: - (Just moved)

Club Statistics

Oldham (Unfortunately no assists count, due to it being hard to find accurate and reliable stats)

2005/2006 season - 11 matches.

2006/2007 season - 45 matches and 4 goals.

2007/2008 season - 45 matches and 5 goals.

2008/2009 season - 46 matches and 11 goals.

2009/2010 season - 29 matches and 1 goals.

2010/2011 season - 42 matches and 11 goals.

2011/2012 season - 42 matches and 3 goals.

TOTAL - 260 matches and 35 goals. (Roughly 40-50 assists, more in season when he scores more)

General Comments:

Firstly, before I start comments about this player, I would like to mention that this is the first request for a player I recieved. However, he is a very unknown player, and as shown above, in the stats, it is very hard to find information about him. However, I though I would have a go at this profile as it would be a little challenge. However, please feel free to comment, and add to this profile if you have more information about Taylor. Finally, I would like to say that I will try to profile any player, but the lower their status, the harder, so I apologise for a shorter profile. Anyway, the player!!

He is a good finisher. You can easily tell this from his statistics. 10+ goals a season from a wing position is very good, especially in a team which isn't always challenging. You would say that Oldham are a mid-table side, so seeing that he both scores lots, and makes lots of goals, it shows that he takes his chances, and makae them. Also, he is key to the Oldham team. Without him, they can suffer. They are a team who already struggle to score goals, so without him, they can struggle massively going forward, thus showing what an attacking threat he is. He has that little quality to unlock defences. Also, some of his goals are quite spectacular, top corners etc. It shows he has good technique, and has worked hard on his game. Also, to conclude his good bits, I have mentioned that he scores an awful lot of goals from the position he plays. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time, thus showing he has a good reading of the game, and understanding of where and when he needs to be at different places on the pitch. Overall, he is a good rounded attcking threat, and is currently coming into the prime performance age for a player of his type.

Anyway, his weaknesses. Generally, he is a good sound player, a very high quality League 1 player, and an average Champoionship, squad player I would think. However, it doesn't mean he carnt work on things and try to improve. Obviously, all the general characteristcs, e.g. crossing and through balls could be improved to try to push himself up another level. Also, as the flair player he is, he will probably not like tracking back much, and is poor in the tackle area. He can work on his tackling, and try to work as hard for his team as possible, by tracking back and covering. Finally, similiar to Stewart Downing, he seems to have one good season, then a poor one. He will hit double figures, and then next season score 1 or 2 goals. There is a small pattern developing in his stats. However, this can be put down to injury keeping him out of the team, and confidence. when the team does well, he will have more confidence and play better. Thus, he needs to try to keep fit, and cut out inconsistencies if possible.

Will Taylor cut it in the Championship? Maybe. He has done well down in League 1, learnt his trade and improved. He has scored lots of goals and made many too. But is he good enough to step up? Maybe, I think time will tell. I think he will be a good squad player, good for cups etc, but I cannot see him making a huge impact on the league, as there are just far more better players.

Would Taylor cut it in the Premiership? No, he just isnt good enough. As I have just mentioned, I think he will do OK in the Championship, but he isn't going to be a Premiership player anytime soon. His general technique will just be too poor to succeed in that league. However, I dont want to sound too harsh, so I will say that a lot of hard work on his part, and he can become a fixture in a Championship team.

Summary of Taylor:

Strengths: Finishing - and has good technique when finishing. Confident with both feet. Creates chances, and is in the right places at the right times. Prime age.

Weaknesses: Injury worries, has a good season, then bad etc. The usually for flair players, e.g. tracking back, tackling etc.

The Business End of the Profile:

As he has just moved to Millwall this summer, on a free transfer, he will not be moving again until atleast January. I also believe that his contract is a one year deal, so he may be sold, or loaned in January if playing poorly. It is a contract that gives Taylor a chance to prove himself, and Millwall flexability; the opportunity of signing a gem on a free, or the freedom to signing a player whom will not be lumbered to their wage bill if he cannot step up for years to come (with a longer term deal this can happen, as players can be hard to shift).