Watford boss says capture of Middlesbrough defender Andrew Taylor stops putting 'square pegs in round holes'

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The signing of Andrew Taylor means Watford can now stop putting square pegs in round holes, according to manager Malky Mackay.

Middlesbrough defender Taylor has joined the Hornets on loan until January and played the full 90 minutes at left-back against Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City.

Right-footed Lloyd Doyley, who has been suffering with a calf injury in recent weeks, has filled in at left-back for the last 20 months, but the arrival of Taylor looks set to pit Doyley against 18-year-old Lee Hodson, who impressed on Tuesday night, for the right-back slot.

When asked about the positive headache of Taylor’s arrival, Mackay responded: “It gives us options other than having to put square pegs in round holes.”

Taylor was a regular for Middlesbrough during their time in the Premier League and has appeared 125 times for Boro since making his debut in January 2006.

But injuries and the arrival of a number of new signings have limited the 24-year-old’s game time in the last year and he had only made one substitute appearance for Boro this season before arriving at Vicarage Road on August 31.

Taylor went straight into the Watford side against Doncaster though, and put in a good performance.

Speaking after Saturday’s match, Mackay said: “He was calm and composed and someone who looks like he has played a lot of games in the Premier League. He has a lovely left foot and nice balance to his game.

“For someone who has been here a week he has slipped into the group so comfortably and that underlines his professionalism.

“As the games go on he will get sharper because he has not played a lot of football, so he was desperate to play 90 minutes.”

l Mackay is hoping Liam Henderson’s loan move to Colchester United can have a similar effect on the striker as Marvin Sordell’s spell at Tranmere Rovers last season.

“Liam has scored lots of goals for the reserves over the last 18 months and I feel it’s time for him to go out and gain valuable experience at league level,” said the Watford boss of the player who has moved to the League One club until January.

“A similar situation proved very beneficial to Marvin Sordell last season. So we think that going to Colchester United and working with John Ward will be great for Liam.”

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4:59pm Fri 17 Sep 10

harrowboy says...

If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good.
If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good. harrowboy
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5:05pm Fri 17 Sep 10

fairwater says...

Good signing in Andrew Taylor. Solves our left back problem, and leaves Doyley and Hodson to scrap over the right side.
Will miss Doyley's defensive qualities at the Den tomorrow, but still fancy us for a win.
Good signing in Andrew Taylor. Solves our left back problem, and leaves Doyley and Hodson to scrap over the right side. Will miss Doyley's defensive qualities at the Den tomorrow, but still fancy us for a win. fairwater
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11:43pm Fri 17 Sep 10

GrahamTaylor says...

harrowboy wrote:
If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good.
K'ing hell give young lad a break!
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He MAY not make it but he has hardley had chance to prove it. Dont think he has even played two lots of 90 mins back to back......
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He is more like Priskin IMO good feet easiy muscled off the ball. I certainly wouldnt be righting off youngster so quick. Particulary not those who have demonstarted a knack of scoring goals
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Go get some football Hendo and come back a better player. You may yet have a role to play
[quote][p][bold]harrowboy[/bold] wrote: If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good.[/p][/quote]K'ing hell give young lad a break! - He MAY not make it but he has hardley had chance to prove it. Dont think he has even played two lots of 90 mins back to back...... - He is more like Priskin IMO good feet easiy muscled off the ball. I certainly wouldnt be righting off youngster so quick. Particulary not those who have demonstarted a knack of scoring goals - Go get some football Hendo and come back a better player. You may yet have a role to play GrahamTaylor
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1:28am Sat 18 Sep 10

Dr.Oftaw says...

GrahamTaylor wrote:
harrowboy wrote: If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good.
K'ing hell give young lad a break! - He MAY not make it but he has hardley had chance to prove it. Dont think he has even played two lots of 90 mins back to back...... - He is more like Priskin IMO good feet easiy muscled off the ball. I certainly wouldnt be righting off youngster so quick. Particulary not those who have demonstarted a knack of scoring goals - Go get some football Hendo and come back a better player. You may yet have a role to play
yes the role of the back end of the donkey this christmas at watford palace theatre
[quote][p][bold]GrahamTaylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harrowboy[/bold] wrote: If Henderson does have a successful loan then maybe Colchester will sign him permanently. I, like many others, do not think the lad has what it takes to make it at Championship level. Comparisons with the original Ross Jenkins & others are not relevant. He reminds me of Alex Inglethorpe of whom Glen Roeder said "will score hatfulls for the reserves but will never make it in the top leagues". One of the few things Roeder got right whilst at the Vic. Good look to the kid but we cannot carry people or afford to wait 2-3 years for him to come good.[/p][/quote]K'ing hell give young lad a break! - He MAY not make it but he has hardley had chance to prove it. Dont think he has even played two lots of 90 mins back to back...... - He is more like Priskin IMO good feet easiy muscled off the ball. I certainly wouldnt be righting off youngster so quick. Particulary not those who have demonstarted a knack of scoring goals - Go get some football Hendo and come back a better player. You may yet have a role to play[/p][/quote]yes the role of the back end of the donkey this christmas at watford palace theatre Dr.Oftaw
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9:20am Sat 18 Sep 10

jasonwatford says...

somethings just smack in in the face and why we wasted another year on henderson is a mystery....everyone has levels and reserve football is his level....would struggle in conference. We have all know great players when we were younger who turned out very ordinery as they got older...that is life.

Jon jo otoole looked a find but after a while looked very normal player....jamie hand....ross jenkins looked good but take real class away like jack cork and plain to see jack carried ross that season....works the other way too..tim sherwood looked average player for us and went onto much better things.
somethings just smack in in the face and why we wasted another year on henderson is a mystery....everyone has levels and reserve football is his level....would struggle in conference. We have all know great players when we were younger who turned out very ordinery as they got older...that is life. Jon jo otoole looked a find but after a while looked very normal player....jamie hand....ross jenkins looked good but take real class away like jack cork and plain to see jack carried ross that season....works the other way too..tim sherwood looked average player for us and went onto much better things. jasonwatford
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