Bobby-Joe is Taylor made for Blues

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bjtA week ago Bobby-Joe Taylor was on the bench at Old Trafford as Cambridge United bowed out of the FA Cup, but the young midfielder is now part of the Blues squad to face Ebbsfleet on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor celebrated his 20th birthday the day after that 3-0 loss against Manchester United   and has joined the Blues on an initial one-month loan.

A wide-left midfielder but capable of operating on both flanks, Taylor left Gillingham at the age of sixteen, but was swiftly captured by the U’s on a scholarship deal.

A regular in United’s now disbanded development side CRC, he was rewarded with a first professional contract towards the end of the 2012/13 season. Bobby-Joe had already made his first-team debut, though, during the 3-1 defeat at Conference Champions Mansfield in February 2013.

The deal included the option of a twelve-month extension, which United triggered in May2014 and he enjoyed a productive loan spell with Evo-Stik Premier League side St Neots last season.

His seven appearances for the U’s have all been as a substitute, and Blues boss Rod Stringer is delighted with his new acquisition: “He’s not a youth player, he’s a genuine part of their long-term plans and was on the bench against Manchester United last week” he said.

“But they’ve strengthened their squad with the Cup money as they want him to gain experience. He’s an exciting young player, and I think he’ll do a great job for us.”

Taylor’s first game for the Blues is expected to be on Saturday when big-spending Ebbsfleet are the visitors to the ProKit UK Stadium, kick-off 3pm. He will face his former Cambridge United team-mate Adam Cunnington who is one of a number of high-profile signings the Kent side made from Football League clubs in January.

There will also be plenty of ex-Blues in the squad with Matt Johnson leading a quartet that includes Aiden Palmer, Charlie Sherringham and Dean Rance.

Author: Dave Ryan