Swansea City defender Neil Taylor expects "weird" Ashley Williams reunion at Everton
17th November 2016
Neil Taylor expects a "weird" reunion with Ashley Williams at Everton on Saturday as the Swans look to start moving out of unknown territory in the Premier League.
The pair were on international duty last week as Wales were held by Serbia in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff.
Now Taylor's national team-mate Williams turns opponent as the centre-back plays against the Swans for the first time since joining Everton in the summer.
The 32-year-old spent six years at the Liberty, enjoying two promotions, Capital One Cup success and captaining the club to a record-breaking campaign in 2014-15.
And Taylor, who made his senior league debut on the opposing side to Williams during Wrexham's 2-1 defeat at Stockport County nine years ago, admits it will be strange adapting to seeing the Wales skipper playing against the Swans on Saturday.
"Ash was a very important player for us and is a good friend of mine," said Taylor.
"We were sad to see him go in the summer, but he moved onto a new project in his career and he has already shown his worth to their football club.
"We spoke about it on international duty and we said it was going to be very weird. We talked about when we played against Joe (Allen) for the first time when he joined Liverpool, and it was a strange situation.
"The fans gave Joe a great reception when he was at Liverpool and played against us for the first time, and I'm sure Ash will get the same respect shown before the game. He served this club with distinction.
"But on the day it will be business as usual. We need to get a result, it's as simple as that."
The Swans head to Goodison Park level with bottom club Sunderland, with five points accumulated from 11 games.
A 2-1 victory on Merseyside last season handed the Swans a first ever league win over the Toffees. And Taylor insists a repeat outcome would be most welcome.
"It's a different situation for us. We are in our sixth year in the Premier League and while we have hovered above the relegation zone at times, this is unknown territory for us," he added.
"It's not nice, but hopefully we can start changing our fortunes around with a good result on Saturday.
"We went there last year, played well and picked up three points. It would be a big boost to get a second consecutive win at Everton."
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