Leeds United youngster Tyler Denton has told the club’s website that he’s aiming for Charlie Taylor’s position in the first team.
Denton has just extended his contract with the Elland Road club and is determined to have an impact with Leeds, from the second the players get back together at Thorpe Arch for pre-season training.
“I don’t think I’d be here otherwise (if he didn’t feel he could compete). I think all the boys have a chance and hopefully I can really push Charlie or whoever else for a spot there,” he said.
“I just need to go back into pre-season fit, which I am, and really push for it.”
He can’t underestimate his challenge
Denton’s ambition is admirable but he faces a very difficult challenge to get into the team ahead of Charlie Taylor.
Taylor excelled last season under Neil Redfearn and showed that he can play effectively at left-back and left midfield.
Taylor has plenty going for him and as long as he doesn’t take a lethargic attitude into pre-season, it would be a major surprise if he doesn’t start in Uwe Rosler’s team for the first game of the season.
He needs to try and create an advantage
Denton doesn’t have Taylor’s experience, although limited, which means he’s got to try and create an advantage for himself in another area.
He can get himself higher up in the pecking order with a good pre-season and as he tells the club’s website, he’s already been told that he’ll start training with the first team.
That gives him the opportunity to train hard, show off his fitness, his speed and his agility.
If he can leave an impression in the back of Uwe Rosler’s mind, the German is more likely to use him.