The Leeds United full-back will only stop playing when he absolutely has to.
In a recent interview with the club’s official website, Leeds United full-back Charlie Taylor admitted he had initially tried to hide the fatigue he was feeling after coming down with glandular fever as he wanted to carry on his impressive playing streak.
At the time the 22-year-old did not know he was ill but his willingness to fight through is indicative of just how much he wants to make it at Elland Road now that he has got his breakthrough.
Until Stephen Warnock left the club Taylor was just another promising youngster, but last season and now this one he has seized his chance and he has been one of the club’s most impressive performers.
Speaking to leedsunited.com, Taylor said, “I’d played in every minute up to Birmingham and I wanted to carry on so I didn’t really mention the fatigue to anyone.”
In an era when some footballers drop to the ground at the faintest of touches, it is testament to Taylor’s footballing ethos and his love for Leeds that he did not make a big deal of his illness until it was too bad to ignore.
These are the kind of players Leeds need; players who are willing to fight for the club and go that extra mile, even when their bodies are telling them to stop.
Having waited so long to get his chance at Leeds, Taylor was never going to give it up – even while he took time to recover – without a fight.