Academy product Charlie Taylor ended a 14-year association with the Whites today after he signed a four-year deal with Premier League outfit Burnley.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) July 6, 2017
West Brom appeared to be favourites to sign Taylor in June but a fee couldn’t be agreed between the clubs and should his new side fail to meet Leeds’ valuation, the club has vowed to take the Lancashire side into a tribunal process to decide a fee for Taylor.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 6, 2017
The full-back’s future at Leeds always looked bleak after the final game of the season when he refused to play in the 1-1 draw at Wigan which signalled his intentions to leave the club.
Interest has always surrounded United’s talented youth products and Taylor will now join fellow academy graduates Sam Byram and Lewis Cook in England’s elite division.
The 23-year-old previously handed in a transfer request during the January transfer window which was rejected by then boss Garry Monk – with Taylor the only highly rated and left footed player in his position.
This departure leaves the Whites short of left-backs with Tyler Denton the only recognisable replacement, although fans favourite Gaetano Berardi proved last season that he was dependable switching to the other side of defence where he made twenty starts at left-back.
New head coach Thomas Christiansen will be expected to bring in a player who will live up to the impressive performances Taylor produced.