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Leeds United must give Charlie Taylor a new long-term contract sooner rather than later

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The Leeds United defender is the jewel in their crown.

Of all Leeds United’s exciting young players, left-back Charlie Taylor is arguably the cream of the crop.

The 22-year-old had to wait patiently for his chance at Elland Road but seized it the moment Stephen Warnock left for Derby County and he has not looked back since.

The only worry for Leeds fans will be how long they can keep hold of Taylor, given that he is one of the best talents in the Championship and after watching Sam Byram leave Elland Road for West Ham United last month.

There is no suggestion that Taylor is inclined to do the same. However Leeds would be wise to tie the player down to a new long-term contract to prevent them losing him for a knock-down price in the future.

As things stand Taylor’s contract expires in the summer of 2017, meaning that when he kicks off next season he will have less than 12 months remaining.

At that point negotiations can become tricky depending on agents so Leeds should make a new contract for Taylor one of their prime focuses between now and May.

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