View: West Brom loanee Caleb Taylor adapting well to League One physicality
West Brom youngster Caleb Taylor joined League One side Cheltenham Town in the summer and the 19-year-old has adapted well to the physicality after his performance against Exeter City.
Taylor helped the Robins to a 1-0 win over Exeter in what was a vital three points for Cheltenham after a disappointing start to the season.
This is the defender’s first taste of first-team football out on loan and he doesn’t seem fazed by the physicality of the men’s game.
One area of Taylor’s game that clearly stands out is his ability in the air and as per Wyscout, the 19-year-old attempted 17 aerial duels against the Grecians, with a 71% success rate.
The image above shows Taylor in a tussle with the Exeter striker, with the frontman clearly trying to put the West Brom loanee off balance.
The defender knows that he can win the ball due to his height, but still stands strong and remains a presence to prevent the attacker from putting him off balance. This shows the youngster is not afraid to battle with older more experienced professionals.
Taylor eventually clears the ball with ease and his 71 per cent success rate in the air displays that he is more than capable of matching the physical forwards that may come his way.
Technical youngsters from Championship and Premier League clubs sometimes fail to adapt to first-team football, with big tackles and the more ugly side of the game coming to the fore.
Taylor also managed nine interceptions for Cheltenham in their match at St James’ Park which was three more than he usually averages.
He also managed seven clearances and won 67 per cent of his defensive duels.
The early signs are certainly good for Baggies fans with the youngster settling into life well in Devon.
This could be a loan move that works out well for all concerned.
In other Chelsea news, Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to join Bayer Leverkusen on loan.