Taylor is focused on Foxes
24th August 2016
Neil Taylor is hoping for a return to Premier League action at Leicester City this weekend after helping Swansea City into round three of the EFL Cup.
Taylor made his first appearance of the season as the Swans saw off Peterborough United on Tuesday night.
Now the 27-year-old is eyeing Saturday's trip to the home of the champions as he battles Stephen Kingsley for the left-back spot in Francesco Guidolin's team.
Taylor returned to pre-season training late after playing for Wales at Euro 2016, and will head off with the national side again next week having been called up for the World Cup qualifier against Moldova on September 5.
But Taylor has fingers crossed that he will get a first taste of 2016-17 league action before he joins up with Chris Coleman's squad.
"I am feeling fit," Taylor said. "I played 90 minutes against Peterborough and I played 80-odd the other day for the under-23s.
"We will see what happens now. I have one eye on Leicester and also Moldova with Wales."
Taylor was one of a host of new faces in the visitors' line-up at Peterborough after Guidolin made ten changes to the side which started against Hull last weekend.
The reshuffled Swans outclassed the Posh in the first half, with debutant Oliver McBurnie netting twice after Jay Fulton had opened the scoring.
The hosts grabbed a late consolation goal through Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, but by then the Swans were out of sight.
"It was good for a lot of us to get 90 minutes under the belt," Taylor added.
"We played very well in the first half. I don't think I have ever played in a first half quite like that - we could have been 8-0 or 9-0 up.
"As it was, we got to 3-0, and naturally the other team threw caution to the wind in that situation.
"We also tried a different tactical approach in the second half and that's probably why the game went the way it did, although credit to them because they had some good players.
"Thankfully, it was a comfortable win for us in the end because it's important for the lads who are not playing in the league to get games in the cup.
"And on top of that, we all know from experience what a good cup run can bring."
Taylor had a word of praise for McBurnie, who was the Swans' star performer on his senior debut for the club.
"I said last week when I played for the under-23s that whenever I play with Oli, he seems to score," he added.
"I think he is a big player for the future. He has seen two strikers come in this summer and that can dishearten you, but he has to keep going because a striker who has a knack of scoring goals can have a good future."
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