Paul Taylor is the kind of player that divides opinion among Ipswich fans, with some believing he is a great attacking option and others thinking he is a complete waste of space.
It has to be said that he has been unlucky since joining the Tractor Boys as he suffered a long-term injury early on after his £1.5 million move.
Additionally I believe that Paul Jewell was struggling to bring in good players, so when he went in for Taylor, Peterborough knew they could ask for a substantial fee which then meant he was bought by Ipswich for much more than he was actually worth. It is also speculated that the former Peterborough attacker is on a big wages due to the Suffolk side at the time being desperate to throw good money at any half decent player willing to join the club.
Naturally when big money is spent the fans expect big performances and the reality is Taylor just isn’t capable of that. All of these factors must have put him at a disadvantage when he did manage to get match fit and I do have some sympathy for him because of those reasons.
However, it has to be said that Mick McCarthy would have probably booted Taylor out of the door even if he wasn’t on big wages. The former Wolves boss bluntly admitted that Taylor was not going to play and was not his type of player which was obvious to most fans when Taylor came back from injury.
McCarthy places a lot of emphasis on having a group of professional players with positive attitudes and he expects every player to work hard defensively. Without meaning to totally disrespect Taylor, he is probably the exact opposite of what McCarthy would want from a player as he has shown that he is unprofessional and is unable to offer much defensively.
It seems that Taylor is overall a capable player and has more technical ability than a lot of the Ipswich squad and this has led some fans to believe that McCarthy is making a mistake by deciding to let him go. Many fans feel that surely there is room for some flair and creativity in the side? After all, it is that extra flair and creativity that Ipswich have lacked more than anything this season.
There is room for creativity and flair in McCarthy’s Ipswich team though and I am sure that the Tractor Boys manager will be looking to sign players that can add those attributes to the team.
The problem is that McCarthy wants players that can offer those attributes as well as having a professional outlook, high work rate and sense of responsibility both on and off the pitch. There was plenty of room for Jonny Williams in McCarthy’s side last season who in footballing terms is similar to Taylor, the only difference being that Williams is a far superior professional.
Claims that McCarthy does not know how to fit players like Taylor and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas into his side are flawed.
The fact of the matter is that those type of players are not adaptable and not prepared to do what the manager needs them to. Both players had their chance to prove to McCarthy that they are good enough but both were deemed surplus to requirements and rightfully so.
Some will argue that Emmanuel-Thomas has done well this season but the fact of the matter is that McCarthy has a great system that he is currently punching above the club’s weight with and players like Emmanuel-Thomas/Taylor upset the balance. It makes much more sense to sell those types of players for the sake having a successful system rather than changing the system just for them.