Competition is Key as Maik Taylor Plots Stopper Signing

Walsall's new goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor has spoken following his arrival at Banks's Stadium and discussed his desire to help current first-choice stopper Liam Roberts to reach his full potential.
Taylor, who becomes the Saddlers' new 'keeper coach following the departure of Michael Oakes, admitted that there is a lot of pressure on the first-choice stopper to perform but believes that competition for places will help both Liam, and a likely new arrival to thrive.

Taylor, who made over 600 appearances over a storied career including taking to the field for the likes of Fulham and Birmingham City, went on to insist that mistakes are part and parcel of the game, but the important thing is how players react to them.

Speaking via the club's official website, Maik said; "There is a lot of pressure on the number one being in the team and being able to perform week in, week out and have that level of consistency.

"Mistakes are part and parcel of the game, it’s just human nature in a way but it is important that you learn from your mistakes and why you have made the mistakes and try and not repeat them, I think that is the key.

"It’s now a learning period for Liam. He has played a handful of games now and his confidence and experience will slowly grow and hopeful,ly it will continue next season.

"There is no question that we will get somebody in to push him all the way, and then we as a team can benefit from that if that competition pushes Liam to produce the kind of performances that are going to keep him in the team."
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