Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor has been called up by Ryan Giggs for Wales’ upcoming international fixtures in November (@Cymru).
The Euro 2016 semi-finalists take on Azerbaijan away from home before facing Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium, both Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Taylor was in Wales’ previous squad in October, but had to watch from the bench as they secured back-to-back 1-1 draws against Slovakia and Croatia (via Transfermarkt).
However, he has once again been selected by Giggs and will hope to force his way into contention for their next two games. Indeed, this season, the former Swansea City man is averaging 1.3 tackles per Premier League game as well as the same number of interceptions, more than Tottenham’s Ben Davies (per WhoScored), who is also in the squad.
Still, Davies has been the manager’s preferred choice during their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, starting five of the six matches (Transfermarkt) with Taylor’s only start coming against Azerbaijan in September (Transfermarkt).
It comes as no surprise that Taylor has been included in the latest Wales squad, given that he has been for five of their previous six Euro 2020 qualifiers (Transfermarkt).
However it does seem likely that he will be a back-up option and may not get many minutes on the pitch despite his better numbers.
As already mentioned it has been Davies who has been their regular left-back, and added to that Taylor’s situation as Aston Villa won’t have helped his case to play.
Indeed the 30-year-old has been dropped from the Villans starting line-up recently, and has not played a single minute for them in their last four Premier League outings (Transfermarkt) so it is hard to see him moving ahead of Davies in the Welsh pecking order.
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