Neil John Taylor (born 7 February 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Aston Villa and the Wales national team. A former Manchester City trainee, he began his career with Wrexham in 2007 and moved to Swansea City for an initial £150,000 in 2010, going on to make 179 appearances for the Swans. He joined Aston Villa in January 2017 as part of a swap for Jordan Ayew.
Taylor made his full international debut for Wales in 2010, and has since earned over 40 caps. He was part of their squad which reached the semi-finals at UEFA Euro 2016, and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics on home soil. Born to a Bengali mother from India, he is one of a relatively small number of British Asians in professional football.
After his position as Swansea’s left back was challenged by Stephen Kingsley and Martin Olsson, on 31 January 2017 Taylor joined Championship side Aston Villa along with an estimated £5 million in exchange for Jordan Ayew. He made his debut eleven days later in a 1–0 home loss to Ipswich Town, starting and playing 77 minutes while wearing a protective mask over his fractured cheekbone. Manager Steve Bruce said he did well given his injury and lack of match practice.
On 30 September 2017, Taylor was sent off at the end of a 1–0 home win over Bolton Wanderers for a foul on Adam le Fondre. He was not included in the Villa team that lost the 2018 EFL Championship play-off Final, but played as they won against Derby County in the next year’s edition.
Injury limited Taylor to 14 Premier League games in 2019–20, as Villa avoided the drop on the final day.