Man City boss Taylor hails versatile Stanway but says position changes can frustrate players

GARETH TAYLOR praised Georgia Stanway’s knack for playing in multiple positions for club and country. 

However, the Man City boss reckons covering different roles can be ‘frustrating’ for players with Stanway and her team-mates set to battle Aston Villa in the Women’s FA Cup. 


Stanway, 22, has performed in various areas on the pitch for England and Man City this term including at right-back and further up the field in attack. 

The midfielder has netted 29 goals in 71 appearances across all competitions for City since her 2015 move from Blackburn Rovers Ladies 

And Lancashire-born Stanway hopes her adaptability, which has won her plaudits, could land her place in Team GB’s squad before the Tokyo Olympics. 

Taylor, 48, said: “We have players like Georgia who are able to play in a number of positions, and not just play there but really bring things and Georgia certainly does that.

“Sometimes for these players who are versatile, it can be quite frustrating because you never really get to play in one position for a period of time. 

“I think at the turn of the year she was playing as an attacking midfielder for a consistent run of games. 

“I always say to my players that as frustrating as it can be, I think it's about taking it as a compliment that we trust individuals like Georgia to be able to play in various positions.”

Taylor, whose City side are fighting to win the FA Cup for a second successive season, says he has no intention of underestimating Aston Villa in their fourth round clash.

This is despite the last encounter between the sides ending in a 7-0 drubbing of Marcus Bignot’s team at the Academy Stadium. 

Taylor added: “You can’t underestimate teams. For Villa, it is a free hit. “They are playing away and will have a game plan to try and beat us. 

"We want to defend our trophy, it's the first trophy I won. It was an amazing moment and we want to win it again.”

A home match against title rivals Chelsea will be up next for Taylor's side following their duel with Villa 

And it could prove a pivotal game in the battle for the WSL crown for City who are currently without skipper Steph Houghton who is recovering from an Achilles injury.

Taylor added: “People are naturally going to have an eye on our remaining WSL games, but for us, the most important game is the Villa game.” 

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