Player Review 2003-04: Maik Taylor

Last updated : 27 April 2004 By Leigh Whitehouse

Taylor has been brilliant between the sticks for Blues this season, making the number one jersey his own and proving some of his doubters that he can play at the top level.

Initially signed on a season long loan from Fulham, Taylor's shot stopping has been brilliant to say the least. However, he does lack confidence in coming for a ball at certain times but apart from that he has proved a truly world class keeper over the course of the season.

Who can forget games such as those against Manchester City and Chelsea away from home when without the Northern Ireland international between the sticks, Blues would surely have headed back to St Andrews without a point to show for their efforts.

Taylor has been sent off twice this season - both times rather harshly in my opinion. His first red card came against Manchester Utd at Old Trafford back in October for bringing down Paul Scholes inside the penalty box, the second at Fratton Park on Easter Monday for a handball outside of his area.

To summarise, Taylor has proved the importance of having a big strong figure behind the back four over the course of a Premiership campaign and he has been one of the major reasons for Blues doing so well this season.

8/10: Very good signing from Bruce, for £1.5 million you can't complain. A top class keeper who has had a very good, consistent season for Blues.

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