Charlie Taylor admits it's 'brilliant' to be playing alongside three Leeds youngsters

Alex Mowatt

Leeds left back Charlie Taylor is enjoying playing alongside Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt.

Leeds United made it four wins in five games on Saturday, defeating Millwall 1-0 at Elland Road, which pushed them eight points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

The winning goal came from a deflected Alex Mowatt free kick, with the academy graduate again impressing under Neil Redfearn's stewardship.

Leeds have an extensive history of developing top youth products, including current Premier League stars Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, James Milner and Aaron Lennon in recent years - and Redfearn is putting his faith in the latest crop of talent.

Mowatt has played alongside other youngsters such as Sam Byram and Lewis Cook this season, but the starting XI has seen another player make the step up.

Left back Charlie Taylor has made the position his own after the departure of Stephen Warnock to Derby County in January, and appears to be another success story of the Leeds academy.

Having joined the club at 16, Taylor has made his way up through the ranks, with the 21-year-old benefiting from loan spells with Bradford City, York City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Fleetwood Town.

As one of the four academy graduates in the starting XI against Millwall, Taylor told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he's enjoying playing alongside three familiar faces.

"I’ve known them since I was young and we’ve played in the same age groups all through the years. Now that we’re all playing in the first team together it’s just brilliant and I’m enjoying it," said Taylor.

"Everyone is working hard for each other – there’s no individual players and we’re all team players. It’s getting results now. When anyone scores we are all celebrating together and everyone is just happy for each other and on Saturday Alex’s birthday couldn’t have been any better for him!" he added.

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