Charlie Taylor impresses versus Birmingham

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The 22-year-old defender appeared to enjoy a wonderful game at St Andrew's.

Stand-out candidates for Leeds United's Player of the Year have been few and far between, but one man who could get it, Charlie Taylor, certainly strengthened his claim with a dominant performance in the 2-1 win at Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

Two goals from Stuart Dallas within 50 minutes helped Steve Evans's side take a big step toward a first Championship victory in five outings - three defeats, one draw.

But it was a nervy last 40 minutes or so for the Whites, whose lead was halved on 53 minutes when Clayton Donaldson pulled one back for Birmingham. Leeds, however, held on for the valuable three points - and Taylor played a big role in the victory, if his statistics are anything to go by.

For a start, Taylor won a brilliant 12 of his duels in the West Midlands, also managing to win all five of his tackles on the night - more than any other player on the pitch.

But it was his ball recovery, against the likes of Kyle Lafferty and Donaldson, which was one of the most impressive aspects of his game, winning possession back for his side on 10 occasions. Sol Bamba, with 11, was the game's only other outfield player who managed more.

  PositionTeamBall RecoveryPoss Won Def 3rdInterceptionDuel WonAerial WonTotal TackleWon TackleError Lead To ShotAppearancesMins Played
Charlie Taylor DF Leeds 10 10 3 12 2 5 5 0 1 90

Meanwhile, only Liam Cooper and City's David Davis registered more than his three interceptions, and overall it appears as if Taylor is rediscovering his best form, having perhaps endured a mixed few weeks.

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