After arriving from Swansea in the 2017 January transfer window, Neil Taylor has firmly established as part of Dean Smith’s first team at Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old has proven himself to be a reliable figure over the years at left-back, and has started every minute of Villa’s opening four Premier League games this season.
Taylor has also been in and around the Wales set-up for many a year, but had a particularly forgettable outing on Friday night.
After seeing his side take the lead, the full-back’s lackadaisical first-touch allowed Azerbaijan to counter through the middle of the park and eventually score a shock equaliser.
Despite Gareth Bale’s late winner, Wales fans took to Twitter to criticise Taylor for his role in allowing the away side to get back into the game in the second-half.
Many supporters suggested he had a “shocker”, and pointed to the fact he lost possession seven times over the course of the 80 minutes he was on the pitch.
Some fans even revealed their frustrations about seeing him play at such a high level, and insisted the “majority of park players who play left-back could reach his level”.
Check out some of the disgruntled reaction of Wales fans below:
If I see Neil Taylor anywhere near a competitive Wales squad again after last night I’ll lose all hope in humanity.
— Mike (@mike_jones96) 7 September 2019
Neil Taylor had a shocker I thought. Have the ball away countless times and his mistake cost us the equaliser.
— Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) 7 September 2019
All Neil Taylor did was pass backwards then the fool tries flicking it backwards and is at fault for their goal
— Maximillian??????? (@MaximillianJH) 7 September 2019
But Neil Taylor I get fustrated with players like him because I feel the majority of park players who play left back could reach his level. He’s just the lucky one.
— Ade Evans (@Ade_Evans) 7 September 2019
Still perplexed by that performance last night. For me an 85% fit Ben Davies starts ahead of Neil Taylor every day of the week. Taylor always has an error in him and offers us naff all going forward. A really promising display by Rodon and Mepham and Joniesta also took his chance
— Cardiff Matchworn (@ccfcmatchworn) 7 September 2019
Neil Taylor can retire from internationals as well. Shocking today.
— Elijah (@ElijahJoel8) 6 September 2019
Neil Taylor ahead of Ben Davies is a travesty to be honest, as well he is not that good to be honest…
— John Connolly – The Prince of Whales (@welshjrc1984) 6 September 2019
Neil Taylor what a mare
— mikp1927 (@MikP1927_mike) 6 September 2019
Neil Taylor has robbed a living in football he is pathetic
— Jonathan Evans (@jonathanevans19) 6 September 2019
One of the worst performances for a long time but one big question.. how is Neil Taylor an international footballer
— canaan (@CanaanBeasley) 6 September 2019