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Charlie Taylor: Is Leeds United's answer to the left-wing problem already in the starting line-up?

Should Leeds United switch Charlie Taylor to the left-wing as they have with Sam Byram?

Leeds United have managed to solve one of their problems in wide areas by switching Sam Byram's position, so could they do the same with Charlie Taylor?

Byram has shone since converting from right-back to right-wing, scoring two goals in his last three games to help the club climb up the table.

Neil Redfearn lamented the side's lack of balance in the weekend defeat against Brentford, with Billy Sharp ineffective out wide, explaining ahead of the Reading clash to LUTV that he was still looking at a couple of wide players.

If that proves fruitless, the prospect of playing Taylor out wide could yet become a valid one.

  Key Passes per gamePassing AccuracyCrossing AccuracyBeating A Player Accuracy
Sam Byram 0.88 79% 20% 32%
Charlie Taylor 0.57 70% 39% 55%

While Byram outperforms him in terms of chances created per game and passing accuracy, Taylor's crossing and dribbling success rate is better.

Both are key attributes for a winger, and as for who takes over at left-back, there is a solution thanks to Gaetano Berardi.

Berardi only missed being part of the squad at Reading due to illness, and has featured adeptly at left-back already this season. There is every chance he could replicate a similar role as Scott Wootton is doing at right-back, and allow Taylor to get forward and flourish.

If Leeds can get a fresh face in then that is the obvious answer, but if they have to make the best of what they have, asking Taylor to emulate Byram could be the smartest solution.

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