Cheltenham Town video: Taylor is sweating on Royal approval
JAKE Taylor is hoping to be given the go-ahead to take part in Cheltenham Town's FA Cup second round tie against Hereford United next Monday.
The Wales Under-21 international made his debut for the Robins in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Barnet having arrived on a month's loan from Reading on loan deadline day last Thursday.
As to be expected from a player on the books of a Premier League club, Taylor showed plenty of technical ability and composure on the ball, operating in an advanced midfield position behind front man Shaun Harrad.
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Taylor's Royals colleague Lawson D'Ath is also on loan at Cheltenham and has now returned to training having recovered from a knee injury picked up in the FA Cup first round win over Yate Town.
With Reading happy for D'Ath to be cup tied, Taylor is also keen to have his first taste of the competition in front of the live ESPN TV cameras.
He has played in the Carling Cup for both Aldershot Town, during a loan spell last term, and his parent club, but the 20-year-old is yet to play in the most famous domestic club competition in the world.
"Hopefully I can play and I definitely want to play," Taylor said.
"I am waiting to hear what Reading say, but I am here to play games."
Taylor was taken off just before Jeff Goulding curled in his 80th minute winner against Barnet on Saturday, but he was impressed with what he saw of his new team in monsoon conditions at the Abbey Business Stadium.
"It was nice to come into a good, passing team because I want to pass the ball," Taylor said.
"I really enjoyed it and it was nice to start with a win.
"I had only come in for training for a couple of days before the game, but I've enjoyed it and it was important to get a result after two away defeats – hopefully we can push on now."
Taylor played for Reading Under-18s in their FA Youth Cup third round defeat of Cheltenham after extra-time at Whaddon Road during the 2010/11 campaign.
Ascot-born Taylor has a Welsh grandfather and he has captained the Under-21 side.
His favourite position is the one he was deployed in against Barnet.
"I've played in a lot of different positions for Reading and for the Under-21s, but that's my best," he said.
"I was on loan at Aldershot for a month and then Exeter for seven months last season so I am used to League Football.
"There is nothing better for me than getting experience at a club like Cheltenham and I can go hopefully back to Reading a better player for being on loan here."
â Cheltenham Town's reserve team were due to play Cirencester Town at home this evening in the quarter-finals of the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, but a late pitch inspection is expected due to the wet weather.