Born in Walthamstow on 12th May 1992, this young Englishman has been ever present in the England setup, playing alongside Reece Oxford at youth level.
Playing for Debden Sports and then making a move to West Ham United in 2003, he had to move to France with his parents and his brothers to make a fresh start.
Continuing his football passion by playing for French side AS Etaples, he was signed up by RC Lens at the age of 12 and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2014.
After six seasons with RC Lens, he moved back to England to Bristol City in last summer’s transfer window for a cool £1.5m. The centre back is currently at Bury on loan, where his deal is soon to end.
His name is Taylor Moore! Here are five reasons why we should look to sign Moore…
Knows the Club
An ex-West Ham academy player already knows about the heart of the club, even if it was only for a year.
Being an east London lad, blonde hair, blue eyes, England Captain at youth level and donning the surname Moore, it would be a welcome sight to see him play at the London Stadium in claret and blue.
He’s a winner
In the 2014 European Championships, he was part of the U17 England side that won the tournament, a team that featured James Ward-Prowse, Patrick Roberts and Dominic Solanke.
Renato Sanches was also a notable player in the tournament playing for Portugal, who signed for Bayern Munich for £60m and won the Senior European championship two years later.
The start of West Ham’s future
With the club having Reece Oxford and Reece Burke making an impact in the championship for Reading and Wigan respectively, Moore could be the final piece to the defensive puzzle that suit Bilic’s style of play.
West Ham are opting for three centre backs, playing with wingbacks and a holding midfielder in front as protection. Moore, Oxford and Burke would make an amazing partnership and in time would be the foundation for West Ham at the back.
A smart investment
Moore could be available for less than £3m, which in the current market is a really good deal.
If you look at Tottenham Hotspur, they go out and buy these youngsters early to develop them within a team mixed with experience.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier cost spurs £10m between them and they are the backbone of Tottenham and England’s side – they are now worth a minimum £60m combined.
Playing alongside either Reid, Ogbonna, Fonte and Collins, he would learn quickly around an ageing defence. Fonte has won a major honour internationally, Reid and Collins have dealt with Premier League forwards and Ogbonna has won league titles with Juventus.
The experience around him would be highly beneficial to his development.
The above are all valid points to sign him, but will the board go out and spend money on young English talent to build the team around?
The club need to stop spending money on players who are the wrong side of 28-years-old. Young talent means lower wages and that means we can take a chance on younger talent with the blend of high quality players. M
ediocre overpriced and overpaid players will just not do anymore. Buy young and develop them into the player you want them to be. The Academy of Football does exist in East London.
I hate to admit it… but Tottenham Hotspur are doing everything right for club and country.