Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler answered a question in the transfer market earlier this week when the club confirmed the signing of winger Stuart Dallas from Brentford.
There was a real need for the club to add some natural width to the team because it was an area where they really struggled at times last season.
It’s also a move, which has a knock on effect for one of the club’s best young players Charlie Taylor and it will now be interesting to see how Rosler handles Taylor, with his position at left midfield from last season now taken care of.
The obvious option
The obvious option for Rosler is to drop Taylor back into the left-back slot, with Dallas playing just ahead of him.
Left-back is a position that Taylor knows well and his experience of playing further forward last season will benefit him and Leeds, on occasions where the club is pressing ahead in games and building some real pressure.
Taylor is quick enough and strong enough to be able to revert to his more familiar defensive role, despite the progress he made in terms of attack last year.
There is the option for Rosler to continue playing Taylor as a wide man, potentially on the opposite flank or down the left if the boss chooses to use Dallas on the right.
However, for the good of his development and long term career, the time may have come to let him become the full-back his potential has always promised.
Consistency is important
Taylor spoke openly to the Yorkshire Evening Post last season about the changes he’s been experiencing switching between full-back and midfield roles and the difficulty of making the adjustments.
It’s important that once Rosler has settled on how he wants to use Taylor, he leaves him to develop in that role, rather than chopping and changing unless there’s an emergency in terms of injury.