Bristol City centre-back Taylor Moore has been enjoying an extended period in the Robins’ starting XI, becoming an important part of Lee Johnson’s system so far this campaign.
Moore has taken up a position on the right side of the back three alongside Ashley Williams and Nathan Baker lately, with Jack Hunt and Tommy Rowe normally operating as the wing-backs on either side.
Moore spent last season on a season-long loan with EFL League One side Southend United, and competed well as he made 40 appearances and scored one goal for the Shrimpers, before returning to Ashton Gate this summer and getting his chance in the first thanks to Adam Webster’s departure as well as injuries to Tomas Kalas and Baker putting the 22-year-old in the spotlight.
However, Moore will now be fearing for his potential spot within the Robins side though as Czech Republic international centre-back Kalas steps up his recovery from an injury and will be competing to earn his spot back in the Bristol City XI.
Kalas already proved his Championship credentials with City last season, making 41 appearances in a strong back three with Baker and Webster while on loan from Premier League side Chelsea before making the move permanent this summer for a club-record fee in the region of £8 million.
Kalas and Moore are two different types of centre-backs, however. Kalas being the more powerful in the air and never backs out of a crunching tackle to earn his team the ball back, while the younger Moore is more of a ballplayer, which suits Lee Johnson’s style of play and the City manager seems content with the way Moore has adapted to playing the system so far.
Moore will still be fearing for his place, however, with the more adaptable and more physical Kalas suiting the demands of the Championship better. Moore will have one eye on Kalas’ recovery from his injury as the international break now ends and the domestic football returns again, with Moore now having a big few weeks ahead for himself if he is to stake a real claim to Johnson about whether he should be the starting centre-back.