Stuart Taylor had promise in abundance as he rose through the youth ranks, but sadly his Arsenal career never took off.
Tipped as the natural successor to David Seaman's crown, a life in Arsene Wenger's first team never quite materialised for the former England Under-21 international.
|Arsenal Career||1997 - 2005|
|Appearances||30 (26 starts, 4 as a sub)|
Just 30 appearances in eight years tells its own story. Behind the likes of David Seaman, Jens Lehmann and then Manuel Almunia, Taylor's first-team opportunities were severely restricted - and injuries did not help.
That said, he did not leave Highbury without silverware to his name. His 10 Premier League appearances in the 2001/02 season entitled him to a league winners' medal.
But loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough and Leicester followed before Taylor was eventually transferred to Aston Villa on a permanent deal in June 2005.
From there he enjoyed a further loan spell at Cardiff City before moving to Manchester City on a free transfer in June 2009.