Without doubt the loss of Charlie Taylor, who handed in a transfer request on Sunday evening according to Radio Yorkshire’s Joe Rawson and others, is a loss that will reverberate through Leeds United and leave them in a weaker position when it finally happens.
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.
However, when he does move on, what will Leeds United miss about Charlie Taylor?
Charlie Taylor in numbers: you’re only as good as your last season – 2015/16 Championship
- Tackles (per 90 minutes): 2 successful from 2.4 attemtpted
- Interceptions (per 90 minutes): 2.9
- Clearances (per 90 minutes): 2.3
- Blocks (per 90 minutes): 2.6 (0.4 shots/1.6 crosses/0.6 passes)
- Total defensive actions (per 90 minutes): 9.8
- Passes 30.4 successful from 40.8 atempts (74.5% accuracy)
- Key Passes – leading to shot (per 90 minutes): 1.2
- Dribbles (per 90 minutes): 1.1 successful from 1.7 attempted (64.7% success)
- Possession Loss (per 90 minutes): 1.7 (0.8 unsuccessful touches/0.9 dispossessed)
Statistics are derived from those on Charlie Taylor player profile page (history/detailed) on WhoScored.com
Leeds fans will have to get used to losing a player who is productive at both ends of the pitch. Defensively, he is composed, solid and assured but these are not the only strengths that Charlie Taylor posseses. The young left-back is a modern full-back, able to rove up and down his assigned flank, in this case the left hand side of the field. His impending departure from Elland Road, and it will come, will definitely leave Leeds with a big hole to fill and it might be the case of looking for a replacement at the earliest opportunity.