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Charlie Taylor's form is justifying Leeds United's Warnock sale

The Leeds youngster is not failing to impress with his recent form.

After Leeds United’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town, Neil Redfearn was keen to single Charlie Taylor out for praise.

The left-back was outstanding, according to the 49-year-old, in how he dealt with Huddersfield’s Sean Scannell.

And it was far from Taylor’s first strong showing in a Leeds shirt this season.

Rather suddenly, the 21-year-old has become the Yorkshire side’s first port of call at left-back. The reason, of course, was the sale of Stephen Warnock to Derby County.

And, as many seemed to speculate beforehand, Taylor’s form is perhaps justifying that sale rather resoundingly. 

The youngster still has a way to go, of course, while Warnock offered something no 21-year-old can: experience, expertise and leadership.

But Taylor has been solid since the veteran was allowed to leave Leeds for Derby – and is showing sure signs that he can get even better in the future.

Warnock was under no illusions that Taylor had the quality to fill his shoes but he also warned that the young defender faces a challenge in nailing down his place.

So far, though, that challenge is being faced with aplomb. It might have seemed easy to criticise Leeds’ transfer business earlier this January – letting a captain go, with potential new signings looking scarce.

But, with the likes of Taylor and Luke Murphy coming on leaps and bounds, it looks as though Leeds have made some good decisions both with their signings and their sales.

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