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Leeds' Charlie Taylor backs Redfearn, but is he a left back or left winger?

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A goalscorer in Saturday's win at Sheffield Wednesday, Charlie Taylor has thrown his weight behind Neil Redfearn, but do either of them know his best position?

Charlie Taylor put Leeds back on level terms in Saturday's Yorkshire derby, before Steve Morison hit the winner in the 2-1 comeback victory that halted a run of five straight defeats in the Sky Bet Championship.  

It is the team's need for width that has prompted Taylor's move into midfield in Redfearn's 4-5-1 formation, with Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi ably filling in at left back. 

21-year-old Taylor has made 25 starts this season, by far his best run in the side, and while he was established as a left back - where he has played all his career and in loan spells at Bradford City, York City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle - it was a dearth of width at the club that has necessitated a reshuffle.

Taylor had not shown any great attacking tendencies from the left back berth - understandable in the team's predicament and while he settled into the senior team for the first time - and looked out of sorts in his initial games in the more advanced role. However, two poacher's goals - away at Wolves on Easter Monday and at Hillsborough on Saturday - and a more attacking influence from the left wing have led some fans to consider whether Taylor has a future in midfield.

The player himself has spoken previously about seeing the left back slot as his preferred role, but with Leeds lacking width and left-sided players, whoever is in charge of Leeds next season may see Taylor as the natural fit on the left wing.

For his part, Taylor has unequivocally backed Neil Redfearn for the head coach's role at Leeds next season, as the players, staff and fans await the return of president Massimo Cellino to the club a week today (May 4th).

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Taylor said: "I don’t think there’s any player at the club who doesn’t want him to stay. Everyone’s right behind him.

"It’s a no-brainer for me really... Hopefully he’s here next year and we can give it a real good crack. He’s handled it all brilliantly. Nothing seems to faze him and he’s out on the training ground every day. He’s on his own but he’s doing a great job.

“Obviously you can see that the fans are behind him and every one of the players is behind him. That win’s for Neil and the fans as well.”

Taylor's ascent from the Development Squad and Academy teams that Redfearn used to manage make his words a fairly predictable response, albeit still very welcome for Leeds fans.

Many will still doubt, however, given recent events surrounding the 'injured six', that the whole dressing room is truly behind Redfearn getting the job for another season.

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