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I don't know how Ash Taylor is playing at the moment. He did well for a while in Scotland, then got released and ended up in League Two. He has been a regular with Northampton Town this season.
To be honest, I'm a bit confused about the club's transfer policy. Is it to get out of League Two this season or to build a team capable of holding its own in League One? Ideally, we should be doing both, although I accept it's not easy. Perkins and Miller will strengthen our promotion chances, but how much would they feature next season in League One? On the other hand, Gilmour is definitely one for the future and may end up playing more games in League One next season than in our current promotion push. Taylor has experience and is young enough, but is he good enough for League One? If so, I'd like to see him back.
It is both of these things going by recent interviews with Mellon and Palios. Banks, Miller, McCullough and Perkins have all got pedigree at higher levels and would be capable of playing in League One, provided they have still got the legs by the time we get there. I would imagine that established players like Norwood and Jennings could also play comfortably at that level.
My memory is of a decent central defender, who could be quite vocal, though as he mainly played alongside Goody, didn’t usually have to organise the defence. Seemed to be a target of the boo-boys. His departure for Aberdeen meant we got nothing, but he did quite well there and it may have been his choice to return to England. Don’t know much about his time at Northampton.
We don’t have the resources to buy our way up the league, so seem to be bringing in players of a decent pedigree capable of playing in L1. The signing of Gilmour suggests we are still signing players to develop and potentially move on.
Saw him in our game there earlier in the season and he didn't impress me at all. I don't think he is the sort of player we should be looking at. There are dozens of Ash Taylor's at this level, all do 'a job' but wouldn't displace Steve in my opinion.
I think his defending was better than average when he was here, hence he got a move to Aberdeen. He was not helped by being played out of position in midfield by Les Parry, a role he did not have the technical ability to play. I think he was a good player but I would not necessarily want him back.