Iain Hume convinced me to join ISL: Ryan Taylor

Kolkata, December 21, 2017: When defending champions ATK replaced injured midfielder Carl Baker with defender Ryan Taylor it raised a few eyebrows. Talking to the media on the eve of the match against Mumbai even coach Teddy Sheringham didn’t sound too convincing on why he made that choice. But the former Newcastle United player not only played the entire duration of the game against Mumbai City FC last Sunday, he also played his part as the holders registered their first win in ISL-4.

It was aneventful debut for the 33-year-old who created a chance, had one shot on targetand even picked a yellow. ATK now face Delhi Dynamos FC in a home game onSaturday and the full back, who switched to the midfield and played on theflanks with equal ease too, said that a weight has been lifted off theirshoulder after their win in Mumbai. 

“Hopefully,we will push on and get some more wins in the next few games. Everybody in theteam are fit and raring to go and wants to show what the team is all about andwhat we are made off,” said Taylor during a media interaction in Kolkata today. 

“We need tostart converting the chances. We started playing a little cagey after the goalin the last game. We should be more precise in front of goal,” added Taylor whoowes it to Kerala Blasters FC star Iain Hume for his ATK sojourn. 

“He speaksvery highly of everyone in ATK. He said about how the fans fill up the stadiumfor every game. That’s what drew me here,” said Taylor and went on to explainthe kind of relationship he shares with the former ATK superstar. 

“Iain is a good friend. We have known each otherfor 14 years. He had only good words to say about ISL and he convinced me jointhe League. He has his family but he comes this far away to play and stillloves it,” Taylor said.

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