Yesterday was another eventful day at Leeds United. Pictures emerged of new signing Pablo Hernandez at Thorp Arch, a deal that (on paper) is probably one of the most eye-catching at Leeds United in over a decade. News then emerged that Charlie Taylor had handed in a transfer request and later that Leeds United had rejected the request.
Here’s my thoughts on the situation…
First things first, it’s a mistake to let this situation actually happen. I’ve been writing for over two years about Leeds online and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve pleaded for long-term contracts at the club. I did with Cook, I did with Taylor, I currently am about Ronaldo Vieira and Byram is another example. If a player shows promise at the club we should be giving them 4 year deals. Ronaldo Vieira should already be a priority.
Having said that Charlie Taylor has left it very late before handing in a request, a bit of a kick in the teeth for fans at this stage. Players have ambition and Taylor is no different. He wants to play in the Premier League and that’s fair enough, if he didn’t then that would be very concerning. There are ways of getting what you want and Lewis Cook is the prime example. The club wished Lewis the best of luck and made a point of applauding him on his conduct and that coupled with the representatives conduct which was also held in high regard by the football club.
That brings me onto my next point, agents and money. Just like ambition to play at the highest level players are entitled to try to get a good deal for themselves. Players are in control in most situations and Charlie Taylor is proving that. In 12 months time he can leave for free because he doesn’t want to stay at Leeds. He can probably triple or quadruple his earnings in one swoop of a pen. When a human being gets offered £30k per week instead of £6k per week most will make the move, whether they are playing for the football club they support or not.
Lewis Cook was happy to wait for a good deal between Leeds United and Bournemouth according to Ben Mansford. Charlie Taylor wants to push a deal onto Leeds by handing in the request, two very different ways of going about business. Sam Byram’s agent seemed to stir Cellino up and it’s no surprise the same agent and Cellino are now going head to head again over Charlie Taylor. I can’t help but think if Taylor had personally approached the club a few months ago and expressed his will to leave we may be in a different position. There was talk of Taylor and his agent ignoring calls from the club and clearly something has gone wrong. Waiting until now to express your desire to leave is disappointing.
One thing that Massimo Cellino and the football club need to realise is that if a player isn’t getting offered a deal they feel represents their ability and value then they have the right to look elsewhere. The only thing keeping Charlie Taylor at Leeds when Premier League clubs come calling is loyalty, something that is virtually out of the window in modern day football. Charlie Taylor has every right to reject any contract from the club and move, that’s what contracts are for. I think both sides have made mistakes here but without knowing for sure what’s happened we can’t make an accurate judgement.
Charlie Taylor is ready made for the Premier League in my opinion. He’s a fantastic footballer and having met him various times I also believe he is a very good person. He wants something that isn’t Leeds United but I’d like to think he would remember that we as fans are the ones who back him to the hilt every Saturday and there are ways in which we will appreciate his conduct when representing the club we all love so much. The football club need to stop letting themselves in for this recurring situation, it’s so frustrating to see, especially when we see it a year in advance.
Mowatt, Vieira, Coyle? Lets not come to this place again.