In news breaking via Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson on Twitter (below), youngster and highly regarded left-back Charlie Taylor has handed in a transfer request at Leeds United.
To be fair, Leeds fans have been bracing themselves against the likelihood that it would happen, but it still doesn’t make it easier to accept. Taylor himself, who played in Leeds’ last friendly fixture at home to Italian side Atalanta, had refused to sign an extended deal at the club.
He broke through into the Leeds United first team more as a necessity when replacing Stephen Warnock, who had moved to Derby County in mid-season. This was two seasons ago during the 2014/15 Championship campaign, since then he has made the left back position his own.
Since replacing the departing Warnock, Taylor has made 73 appearances for the Whites, scoring three goals and providing nine assists.
There can be little doubt that Taylor’s move to hand in a transfer request will respark interest in teams wanting to sign the youngster with sides like Burnley, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United said to have been interested in signing him so far this summer.
However, club owner Massimo Cellino, in a typically candid interview with the Daily Mirror recently, fired a broadside to interested clubs saying that Taylor wasn’t for sale and that he’d [Cellino] rather lose him on a Bosnam free. The reasoning behind this, postulate the Mirror, is a falling out between Cellino and Taylor’s agent Colin Pomford – the agent snubbing Cellino requests to discuss extended terms.