Leeds star Charlie Taylor says he sees himself as more of a left-back despite playing on the wing last season.
Leeds United breakthrough star Charlie Taylor has told the club's website he sees himself as more of a left-back despite a late season position shift.
Taylor followed fellow full-back Sam Byram by moving to the wing towards the end of the season, an option implemented by then head coach Neil Redfearn due to a lack of options.
It appeared like an inspired decision, with Taylor settling in immediately in the more forward role, with Gaetano Berardi filling in behind him.
Taylor's comments however are not so good for Berardi, who may have been hoping the academy graduate would want to continue on the wing.
He told LeedsUnited.com: “I think I’m more of a left back; it’s a position I’ve played throughout my career and in the Academy but as long as you’re in the team, you can’t complain."
Taylor certainly will not be looking to rock the boat, but at the same time he will want to impress new boss Uwe Rosler, adding: "I’m looking forward to meeting him and working under him. “All the lads are going to be trying hard but with a new manager there’s that extra incentive of trying to impress."
He will see his best chance of doing so by playing in his natural position and receiving direction from there, but will not have it all his own way.
Taylor's comments do affect Berardi negatively, but at the same time the Swiss full-back's performances last season will give him confidence he can hold his own against the more inexperienced prospect.
Berardi is capable of switching to right-back if required to displace Scott Wootton should Sam Byram still be utilised as a winger, but the real cause of the dilemma is yet to be determined.
Taylor was played on the wing as Leeds had no left-winger, and so far in the transfer window this is not a problem they have addressed. Their actions between now and the start of the season will directly affect Taylor, and subsequently Berardi.