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Wolves youth signing: Who is former Aberdeen youngster Terry Taylor?

By Luke Hatfield | Wolves | Published:

You might not have noticed, but Wolves secured the signing of Aberdeen prospect Terry Taylor last month, but who is the youngster?

Who is Terry Taylor? (Photo: Twitter @AberdeenFCYouth)

Luke Hatfield takes a look at the young prodigy, to find out if he could do a job for Wolves.

Who is Terry Taylor?

Details:

Age: 16

Position: Midfielder

National team: Wales

What kind of player is Terry Taylor?

Not a whole lot is known about Taylor at a high level, mainly because he's yet to make any appearances on the senior stage.

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He's a promising midfield prospect, and is clearly talented having made a number of appearances for youth international sides. He formerly featured for Scotland, but has now switched allegiances to Wales.

He made four appearances for Aberdeen's U20s last season too, despite being much younger than many of his teammates and opponents.

What does the local press make of him?

We spoke to Ryan Cryle, acting head of sport for the Evening Express, based in Aberdeen to find out his take on Taylor:

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"The problem is the general lack of exposure he has had, he’s only 16 and the highest level he’s played at is the U20s." Cryle said.

"He’s a pupil at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Academy, and he made his debut for Aberdeen’s U20s in a 3-2 SPFL Development League defeat to Kilmarnock last year when he was still just 14.

"Generally, he has always been the youngest player in that team when he’s played.

"He’s been called up to the Welsh U15 squad previously and captained that side against Ireland I believe (he chose them over Scotland. He has a Welsh mum).

"Taylor is a central midfielder, who has showed composure with the ball at his feet and range of passing.

"[He] looks to be a playmaker. He also loves a tackle from what I’ve seen.

"The Dons U20s coach put it like this: 'He looks like a footballer', which I take to mean he thinks he’s well rounded."

What do his club make of him?

Aberdeen's U20s coach Paul Sheerin has spoken occasionally about Taylor, and here's what he's said about the youngster playing for his side:

“It was great to see a 14-year-old do as well as Terry did at that level. He looks like a footballer." he said, via the Evening Express.

“That may sound daft, but it’s the best way to describe Terry.

“He shows real composure on the ball and passes it well.

“It’s another two years until Terry will be able to go full-time. He obviously still has a lot to learn.

“But coming in and impressing as he did will give Terry a lot of encouragement as he continues his development with us.

“He captained Wales on his last trip with them so they clearly agree he’s a real talent."

What is Taylor capable of?

It's hard to say considering his age just how much of an impact he could have in the future, but if this clip from a game for Aberdeen's U14 side is anything to go by he could be one to watch.

Terry Taylor Wondergoal! AFC 14's v St Mirren FC 14's 150315

Has he got a bright future?

If he continues to develop in the right conditions and gets some senior games behind him, he could be a real talent - but it's too soon to guarantee anything.

Given his awards and accolades so far he looks promising.

He claimed the John Delday award for Aberdeen's U15 side in May 2016, and played for Scotland and captained Wales at youth level in the same season.

Whilst he's still an unknown prospect on the senior stage, he may well have the tools to grow at Wolves and could eventually come good.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
@LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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