Why Leeds United should consider move for free agent Ryan Taylor

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Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler could do much worse than looking at a move to sign former Premier League defender Ryan Taylor.

Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler deserves a pat on the back for the players he’s brought into his squad already ahead of the new season.

He’s given Leeds a greater chance of being competitive in the Championship next year, but there is still arguably a need for a valuable commodity in the form of experience, before kick-off time in that first game against Burnley.

The departure of Rudy Austin took a big presence away from the club in terms of the experience and leadership he provided both on and off the pitch.

It’s something that Rosler needs to replace and he could turn to a former Premier League full-back to inject it in the form of Ryan Taylor.

Taylor appeared as a guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT yesterday confirming that he’s open to offers and while full-back is not a priority position for Rosler to change, there is theory in him considering a move for the free agent.

Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor

Ryan Taylor has experience of playing down either side of a team and his presence would represent the chance for Rosler to leave Sam Byram or Charlie Taylor in the advanced positions, where they excelled under Neil Redfearn.

The current Leeds duo showed they can be very effective in wide midfield roles, with Ryan Taylor representing the chance for them to further refine their games in wide areas.

Experience and versatility

Taylor would give the Leeds first team that valuable injection of experience, which he’s accumulated over a long career.

The 30-year-old has plenty of gas left in the tank and would be a good player for Rosler to use in terms of guiding and protecting the core of impressive younger players the club already has available.

He’s also versatile enough to be able to play further forward in a wider midfield role in the same way as Byram and Charlie Taylor.

He’s certainly not the first name that comes to mind in terms of the free agents Leeds could go after, but one definitely worth considering.

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