Former Villa boss Taylor remembers the pair during his second spell in charge at Vicarage Road between 1997-2001.
"The youth team coach Chris Cummings had a lot to do with Ashley Young's development," Taylor told the Sunday Mercury.
"After I left, they were going to release him and it was only through Chris - and Ashley himself - that they kept him on amateur forms.
"For six months, Ashley kept going to the club, rather than getting another job, and proved he was well worth a contract.
"Watford owe a lot to Chris for getting that money for Ashley.
"Martin O'Neill admitted at the time that he probably paid too much - but it's already been proved that he didn't."