Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake has told the Yorkshire Evening Post, he has doubts over whether Charlie Taylor can handle the pressure at left-back.
Blake has questioned whether it’s right for the club to place such a huge amount of pressure on the shoulders of the 21-year-old, with Stephen Warnock set for a move to Derby County.
“Charlie Taylor’s looked decent and he impressed me at Bolton (on Saturday) but he’s a young lad. I’m not questioning his ability because he’s obviously got it,” Blake told the YEP.
“I’m questioning whether it’s right or fair for him to be the only left-back at the club, considering the circumstances Leeds are in.”
“It’s putting a lot of pressure on his shoulders and you can’t call it good pressure - At the moment, Leeds are in a lot of trouble.”
Fortunately for Taylor, he has the best possible figure in the form of Neil Redfearn, who knows when to subject and withdraw younger players from the limelight at Leeds.
Redfearn did a great job with the academy before he moved into the position of head coach, so he’s a good judge of whether a younger player has got what it takes to perform to the desired standards at the club.
As for Blake’s concerns over Taylor playing at such a tense time, it’s an understandable point.
Leeds are in a very tense situation and staring down the barrel at the wrong end of the Championship table.
As that anxiety and pressure builds, fans will rightly dish out the criticism after negative results and Taylor could well end up being in the firing line.
However, until it gets closer to the end of the season, there’s no harm in giving Taylor an opportunity to have the same impact on the team as the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, albeit in a different position and role.