A midfielder with an eye for a goal, Taylor proved just that on only his second start for the U18s last season, helping himself to brace in the 4-2 league victory over Reading.
London-born, the 16-year-old joined City in 2015 and enjoyed a fruitful spell in the Academy set-up.
Nine goals at the Cayman Invitational Youth Cup saw the England U17 international named MVP at 2016 tournament.
A first year scholar, he has been part of Simon Davies' EDS since the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
Often deployed on the right wing, the youngster grabbed his first goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Youth League, before a performance the belied his young years as he was deployed in central midfield against Bradford City in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Richards is yet to make a senior appearance, but his impressive performances for the young Blues earned the midfielder a place on the bench in the 1-0 win over Burton Albion in our Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.