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Let me loose, pleads Dan

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 30 November 2012

DAN Taylor has had to be patient while waiting for a stab at a first-team place with Athletic.

Despite featuring regularly and with some promise in pre-season, the 19 year old has only played twice, both briefly as a substitute. He hasn’t played at all since the home draw with Walsall in August.

Taylor put himself back in the manager's thoughts this week with a hat-trick for the reserves against Wrexham.

With Athletic having scored only 20 goals in League One this season — the joint second-lowest tally in the division — the former Newcastle man has given Paul Dickov a timely nudge. He will probably make it on to the bench tomorrow.

And if Athletic find themselves in need of a special FA Cup moment against Doncaster, Taylor believes he will provide it.

"I haven't been playing and I am desperate to get on the pitch," said Taylor, who had Brighton, Hearts and Preston all looking at him following his release from Newcastle's academy in the summer.

"I didn't expect to walk into the team and knew I would have to fight for a place. Maybe I expected to play a little bit more than I am at the moment. I definitely want to. It is a case of waiting for my chance and when it comes, I'll take it."


Another player like Smith brought to the club and shafted by this manager!, all Dickov seems to be good at is knocking the stuffing out of decent youngsters. Just look at the number of players we deemed surplus and not good enough for the club, now play at higher levels than us!, says it all about our club!.

Don't hold your breath, Dan, he will probably put Smith or Simpson before you...or play M'Voto up front.

You are "one for the future", in Dickov's eyes. In other words, a speculative acquisition, who may or may not play for this club. I hope his reluctance to drop the usual suspects does not hamper your prospects.

The lad has been injured so it would be good if he gets a chance given Derbyshire lack of goal threat.

One can't question Derbyshire's skill or work rate but strikers are judged on their goal ratio. He also gets caught off side far to much.

Give the lad a game before trying to resign Baxter & Derbyshire preferably with Matt Smith.


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