Leeds United have seen a number of players linked with Premier League transfers.
Sam Byram and Lewis Cook have both been linked with moves away from Elland Road this month, but former player Andy Couzens has told Radio Yorkshire that Charlie Taylor is the only player ready to make a switch to the Premier League right now.
Speaking on Taylor, Couzens said: “He’s the best of the lot. He is the one who can cut the mustard in the Premier League at this present moment in time. [Lewis] Cook can’t go into a Premier League club at this time and play week in week out. Sam Byram possibly could, but I very much doubt it. Taylor [would be] straight in, no problems. He’s the one who everyone has to be worried about, as I imagine there is someone out there sniffing around him.”
Whilst both impressive talents, Couzens is not sure they are yet ready for the top flight.
Young midfielder Cook is still only in his second season of professional football, and does not dominate games in the manner that many more experienced players do in his position.
Byram has more games to his name, but his form this season has been questionable at best, and it is hard to imagine him immediately establishing himself as a Premier League-level full-back or winger.
For Taylor, on the other hand, this season has been a fantastic one, and he is often the best player on the pitch when turning out for the Whites.
He has made a name for himself as one of the best left-backs in the division, and he is a player who could fight for a first-team role in a number of top flight sides right now.
Losing Byram or Cook would be bad as they are homegrown academy stars with bright futures. However, right now, losing Taylor would be the biggest blow to the Yorkshire club.