95% Pass Accuracy: Leeds boss praises Charlie Taylor's left-wing performance, explains selection

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Charlie Taylor played on the wing for Leeds United in the win over Ipswich

The decision to pick Charlie Taylor on the wing for Leeds has been explained by head coach Neil Redfearn, speaking to Radio Yorkshire.

Even with a stretched squad, when the teamsheet against Ipswich Town was announced, fans were scratching their heads trying to work out who was playing where, with defender Giuseppe Bellusci the only change, in for injured midfielder Rudolph Austin.

Leeds played four centre-backs in defence, and two full-backs on the wing, but it paid off, with Leeds winning 2-1 against the promotion hopefuls.

Ipswich beat Leeds 4-1 at Portman Road in December, and Redfearn explained afterwards that was part of the thinking.

He explained in his interview that he wanted to cut out the crosses to limit Ipswich's physical threat in the centre, and Liam Cooper and Scott Wootton at full-back was a part of that. He said: "It's not his natural position Coops, but he did us a job. That's what its all about."

This meant pushing Charlie Taylor, the club's regular left-back forward, to help solve the problem position on the left wing. Alex Mowatt had played there recently, but he was moved inside into the centre to fill Austin's role.

Redfearn said he was impressed with his performance, stating: "Charlie Taylor was different class. It's not his natural position but he's an attacking full-back, so when he gets forward he's comfortable. It worked for us. He got touches up the pitch and he played well."

A month ago we ran an article asking if Taylor could fill a role on the left wing, with Sam Byram doing so with success on the right.

Taylor completed 95 per cent of his passes in the win over Ipswich, but was unusually wasteful with his crossing, failing to find a teammate with all three of his deliveries.

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