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Monday, October 17, 2005

Taye Taiwo

Rough around the edges, a bit too eager to go forward and a touch prone to go in for the tackle, but beyond that, we have a Nigerian diamond in the rough.

Olympique de Marseille swooped up Taye Ismaila Taiwo during last year’s transfer window to replace former French international Bixente Lizarazu who returned to Bayern Munich in Germany. The 20 year old Nigerian left club team Lobi Stars to join the French giants, founded in 1899 and 8 time winners of the league.

During this summer’s FIFA World Youth Cup he had some impressive performances at left back. Nigeria reached the final but was beaten by Argentina. Since then he’s gotten the starting nod for Marseille.

As Taiwo gains tactical maturity he’ll be fully able to show off his abilities. For now, he’s a hulk of physical prowess. Marseille quickly extended his contract until 2009 this summer after Dutch club PSV Eindhoven appeared to be making a move for him.

Taiwo moves effortlessly down the left flank. He’s very quick for his size and closes down space. He likes to provide support for the wingers (maybe too much) and is also strong in the air.

Against PSG last night he was in great form and has been earning plaudits in the French papers. He’s been included in the senior Nigerian national side and looks to be a long term replacement for Newcastle’s Celestine Babayaro.

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Blogger Ben said...

Marco Bresciano who? For me a poor choice.

10/19/2005 6:36 PM  
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