Charlie Taylor: The key qualities that make him Leeds’ star man

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Leeds fans will no doubt be blowing a sigh of relief after the summer transfer window slammed shut without Charlie Taylor being sold to a Premier League club. 

Just months on from a saga which saw Taylor and his agent hand in a transfer request, a swift turnaround by the full-back has firmly solidified himself in Garry Monk’s plans when the chances of him staying at Elland Road looked bleak.

With interest from Premier League outfits West Brom and Bournemouth, the 22-year-old was expected to make the step up, following fellow academy graduates Lewis Cook and Sam Byram, who also departed the Yorkshire club this year for a chance to play at the top level.

With Taylor set to stay at Elland Road for the time being, we look at his objectives for the season and discuss the key qualities which saw him voted the Leeds United Player of the Season in the last campaign.

Undoubtedly, it is crucial for Taylor to pick up where he left off last year. After a sublime campaign in 2015/16, it was hardly a surprise that Leeds had top flight clubs knocking on the door.

Taylor boasts incredible desire. His ability on the ball for a defender is superb and he is able to balance defence and attack in a manor that makes him a dream for any manager.

A key aspect of being so successful last season was his ability to adapt to any system. A constant link with the likes of Stuart Dallas down the left flank was crucial and caused countless problems to defences.

Taylor must seek to focus on the game and not off-the-field happenings. He is adored at Elland Road and that will continue. Leeds recently lost Lewis Cook to Bournemouth and with the future of Luke Murphy in doubt at this stage, the academy product is slowly becoming one of the clubs current longest serving players.

Not only is Taylor blessed with a frightening attacking prowess, but his composure on the ball is clear to see. Taylor was involved in seven goals last season from full-back. A goal against MK Dons in the league and a further six assists made him a crucial asset in attack for Leeds last season.

Whether he will sign a new contract with Leeds is still unclear. Leeds will be eligible to compensation if he moves on next summer on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Leeds had been linked with potential replacements for Taylor this summer if he decided to move on. However, nothing materialised and the Tadcaster-born defender continues to be in Garry Monk’s plans.

Building a successful relationship with boss Garry Monk will be key. Taylor had been subject to criticism on social media for showing a lack of passion while appearing for Leeds early on in the season. This has since been quashed.

Charlie Taylor will seek to build new partnerships with Leeds’ new look defence which includes new signings Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Luke Ayling.

It is unquestionable that Leeds United have one of the best full-backs in the Championship and will look to utilise him in a way that suits him. If Taylor is able to replicate his season from the last campaign, he will undoubtedly continue his ever-impressive rise to the top.

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