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Warnock rules out Taylor move after Villa old boy linked with Boro

Neil Taylor is currently a free agent after Aston Villa announced in May that he would be departing the club at the end of his contract.

The Wales international signed for Villa in 2017 for a fee of around £3million and went on to make a total of 103 appearances across both the clubs time in the Premier League and the Championship.

Following promotion, his game time was limited in claret and blue, but he did feature in several key wins in the first season back in the topflight for Villa. These wins included the 2-0 against Everton and the 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, which kick started the club surviving relegation on the final day of the season.

Middlesbrough are on the hunt for cover at left-back and have recently missed out on signing Robbie Brady, who chose to join Bournemouth instead. Taylor would have provided the necessary experience and quality that the side needs as they aim to push for promotion back to the Premier League.

However, since the rumours of Taylor being linked to Middlesbrough have emerged Neil Warnock has been quick to deny the link as he stated: “No there is nothing in that. Our search for a free agent has shelved and it’s make do with what we’ve got. We will need some luck with injuries. But with everyone fit I’d fancy us to beat anyone in this league.”

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They currently sit 12th but are only five points adrift from a place in the play-offs. Neil Warnock’s side have kept two clean sheets in their previous three games and signing Taylor would have likely only added to the strength of their defence this season.

Taylor was committed professional at Aston Villa and was always reliable when called upon. He is most definitely capable of contributing to a solid Championship side, in the same way Glenn Whelan or John Terry did for Aston Villa when they were in the same league.

Fans warmed to Taylor throughout his time at Villa and even labelled him the “Welsh Roberto Carlos” at times. Everyone associated with the club will be hoping he can find a new club as soon as possible, but as things stand it will not be Middlesbrough.

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