Report: Leeds United decided to sell Stephen Warnock due to breakthrough of Charlie Taylor

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Leeds United sold Warnock to Derby County, believing Taylor was ready to take his place.

Taylor has been Leeds United’s stand-out player this season, and a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post claims that Whites’ chiefs were already thinking highly of the left-back last season.

According to the report, Leeds decided to sell Stephen Warnock to Derby County due to Taylor’s emergence, with owner Massimo Cellino and then-manager Neil Redfearn believing he was already good enough to replace Warnock in Leeds’ first-team set-up.

Whilst in hindsight this has been a brilliant move, with Taylor, 22, establishing himself as one of the best full-backs outside the Premier League, at the time it was a bold decision.

Warnock was, on paper, Leeds best player at the time of his departure, as well as being captain, and his quality was evident as he moved to a team fighting for promotion.

However, the management at Elland Road already had enough trust in Taylor to sell Warnock, and promote Taylor to first-team starter.

And that faith has been paid off, in exceptional style.

The 22-year-old has started all of Leeds’ nine games this term, and his all round performances have been raised, with Taylor already touted as being their player of the season.

If he continues in the kind of form as he has been showing at the beginning of this season, it won’t be to long before Taylor is turning out in the Premier League - whether that is with or without Leeds United remains to be seen.

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