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Taylor backed to shine at U's by former Colchester boss Parkinson
Phil Parkinson expects new Colchester United loan signing Matt Taylor to return to Bradford City and battle for his place.
But the former U’s boss believes the defender’s temporary switch to the U’s is a good opportunity for him to shine.
Taylor enjoyed an impressive debut for Colchester after joining them on a month’s loan from the Bantams, last week.
The 32-year-old had been a long-term target for U’s boss Dunne and could keep his place for their trip to play Bristol City, this weekend.
However, Bradford manager Parkinson still expects Taylor to eventually return to Valley Parade in better condition and battle for his place.
Parkinson said: “It was quite funny because when I made the call to play Olly (Luke Oliver) before him, I was going to have a chat with Matt about the possibility of going out somewhere to get some football.
“I got a call from Colchester while we were on the coach down to Gillingham.
“We talked about it between us and Matt agreed it was a good opportunity for him.
“He needs to play after missing games in pre-season.
“He trained elsewhere (with Port Vale) but didn’t get the matches.
“Matt’s a good player and we’ve brought him in to compete for a place.
“But the centre-halves have done well and Olly has really progressed.
“One week we were looking to loan Olly out.
“But then he really kicked on in training and has looked sharp and that has afforded us the luxury of letting Matt go out.
“Who knows, when he comes back we might let someone else do that.
“Players do come back to you in better condition.”
Meanwhile, U’s boss Dunne believes there is still a lot more to come from another of his loan signings, Jeffrey Monakana.
The teenage winger has enjoyed an impressive start to his time at Colchester, having joined them from League One rivals Preston North End.
Dunne said: “There is a lot more to come from Jeffrey.
“He isn’t quite up to speed on fitness but he’s an impact player who can take people on.
“He’s positive, he wants to have a go at people, he wants to score goals, he wants to attack the box and we saw that against Bradford.
“We want that to continue and I’m a manager who believes in getting the positives out of people and playing to their strengths.
“Jeffrey’s strength is running with the ball and he is tidy off the ball as well.
“He’s only 19, but he’s played 50 games and that’s a great example for some of our young players here.”
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