Unpacking Robert Taylor's unheralded brilliance for Inter Miami
By Blake Malick
In an off-season that saw Inter Miami bring in numerous players, forward Robert Taylor has been hidden in the shadows of the team's success. Through the first half of the 2022 season, Taylor has been one of Inter Miami's best and most consistent players. The 27-year-old winger has brought a level of creativity and electricity down the wing that Inter Miami hasn't had in its few years in MLS.
The Finnish international came to Inter Miami after playing his last four seasons in Norway's Eliteserien, the top flight. He took his game to another level in the past two seasons scoring 12 goals and contributing 11 assists, and he brought that red-hot form down to south Florida with him.
Taylor has been a key contributor in the scoring department for Inter Miami, with his three goals ranking third on the team. The dangerous Taylor is always a threat to score a great goal due to his skilled attacks, with every one of his goals being highlight-reel worthy.
Taylor's ability to come down the right wing and strike the ball across to the far post has given the Herons a new dimension that it didn't have previously. The dynamic winger is arguably Inter Miami's most important player when it comes the attacking third.
Robert Taylor has been one of Inter Miami's best players this season
In addition, Taylor is one of the best dribblers and creators in the entire MLS. Despite playing just over 1,300 minutes (175th in the MLS), Taylor is up there with the best of them when it comes to statistics. His dribbling prowess is one of the best in the league, as Taylor owns the T-15th most times dribbled past an opponent.
His ability to create shots for his teammates is well documented, and his 43 shot creating actions rank T-32nd in the MLS. One could only imagine what his stats would look like if he had more playing time.
As the Inter Miami squad gets more chemistry and better health, things will be looking very bright for the Herons. An attack that contains Taylor, Pozuelo and Leo Campana will continue to get better as they play together more often. Remember, these players are all new to playing with each other. With the MLS Cup Playoffs on the horizon, its imperative that Taylor and co. continue to create and put the ball in the back of the net if the 11th-placed Herons want to move on to the postseason.