Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has said in the Yorkshire Evening Post that he feels the left-back slot is now Charlie Taylor’s long term.
Taylor came in on that side of the defence when news was confirmed that the experienced Stephen Warnock was heading off to join promotion chasing Derby County.
It was a gamble by Leeds coach Neil Redfearn, as Taylor is only 21-years-old, but it’s one which is paying off.
“I thought Charlie Taylor played well and the left-back position looks like his for the keeping now. The boy’s done very well since he came into the side,” wrote Gray.
“Remember that Stephen Warnock was one of the most consistent players and captain as well.”
Redfearn deserves the credit for giving Taylor an extended chance in the position.
To a certain extent he’s had no choice, but the arrival of Sol Bamba last month showed that Leeds could still attract a good calibre of defender on loan.
Taylor’s challenge now is to push on, keep his place in the team and hopefully get Leeds as close to the play-off places as possible.
He’s also got to be wary of becoming complacent, but Redfearn shouldn’t allow that to happen within his style of play.
The boss will already be thinking of ways to try and keep him working hard and on his toes for the rest of the season.
He’s got a long way to go before he’s near the level of Warnock but he’s off to a good start when other weaker players coming into the Leeds team may have found the pressure too much.