As we reach the climax of Leagues Cup 2023, it’s time to take a look in detail at how both the finalists, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC have made their way through the tournament. Whilst much has been said about Lionel Messi’s importance for Inter Miami’s teamplay alongside Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, the top assist-maker is actually not among the three former Barcelona players.
Amid this resurgence, one player is relishing the transformation not only with goals, but assists: Robert Taylor.
A 28-year-old Finnish winger, Taylor has undergone an unprecedented metamorphosis since joining Inter Miami CF in February 2022. The team's revitalised dynamics, bolstered by the playmaking prowess of their fresh acquisitions, have provided Taylor with a wealth of scoring opportunities, and he's seized them to elevate his performance.
Comparing his records, Taylor's progression is evident. In the 2022 Major League Soccer season, he managed a modest three goals. However, in Leagues Cup 2023, he notched an impressive two goals in 19 matches played. Furthermore, his playmaking skills have shone, as he currently leads the team in assists, tallying three to his name.
Kicking off his remarkable journey, Taylor made a statement in the debut match against Cruz Azul, securing the opening goal in a triumphant 2-1 victory. His brilliance continued against Atlanta United, where he delivered a stellar performance by achieving his first double in the franchise and even assisting Lionel Messi.
The momentum persisted as he swiftly provided another assist for Messi in the match against Orlando City, all within the first ten minutes. Notably, during the semifinal clash against the Philadelphia Union, Taylor's influence once again came to the forefront, as he played a pivotal role in setting up Jordi Alba's inaugural goal for Inter Miami.