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Redfearn comments on Taylor's advanced Leeds role, explains why critics are wrong

Neil Redfearn

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has suggested he's made the right call with Charlie Taylor playing further forward.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been quoted by the Yorkshire Post suggesting Charlie Taylor looks as though he’s adapting to a new position in the team well.

The left-back has done a solid job since Redfearn brought him into the side, with former defender Stephen Warnock heading off to Derby during the January transfer window.

He’s shown versatility down the left of Leeds’ team and the manager has commented on criticism when he’s been asked to play a slightly more advanced role in the team.

“I look at Charlie Taylor apparently playing out of position on the left. He looks like a seasoned left winger. He’s got great touch and awareness,” said the boss.

Nudging Taylor further forward is easily explained and not just because of the quality Redfearn feels he possesses as a winger.

Leeds are a very narrow side, even with their first choice midfielders available, and as a result the width has to come from the full-backs on both sides.

That requires players like Taylor to get further forward and provide the width which can sometimes go missing with a narrow formation.

The challenge for the player is to keep finding ways to be consistent, without jeopardising the shape and integrity of the back four. Sides will look to hit Leeds down the channels when the full-backs go forward because of the obvious space left in behind.

The challenge for the manager is to keep finding ways to develop Taylor and turn him into an even more complete player in both attacking and defensive aspects, making him a difficult player for the opposition to get to grips with.

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