Taylor was the recruitment and scouting expert who found the hidden gems, Clough coached and motivated them once they were in the door.To be honest, I think it was more down to Taylor than Clough. He certainly took a team of rejects and journeymen and moulded a double European Cup winning side at Forest.
They were a curious mix of ‘rejects’ who underperformed elsewhere but were perfect for Clough’s style - a sort of ‘eye test’ Moneyball decades before the term was invented - and a few expensive signings.
For example, Shilton was a top class England keeper who was persuaded to join them when they were still in the second division.
They also had a handful of very decent young homegrown players like Anderson, Woodcock and Birtles.
Interesting to imagine what Clough and Taylor would have done with the generation of Lake, White, Himchcliffe, Redmond etc given the chance. Never mind Caton, Reid, Ranson, Bennett, Palmer etc. Or even Barnes and Owen.