How impressive was Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in Reading victory?

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Leeds United defeated Reading 3-2 at Elland Road this weekend.

Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor put in a terrific performance as his side defeated Championship opponents Reading 3-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter at Elland Road.

Reading boss Brian McDermott was making his return to Elland Road having enjoyed a previous spell with the Yorkshire club, and his side made it an entertaining encounter with their open football.

The Royals took the lead in the first half, but Leeds turned the table after the interval with Toumani Diagouraga equalising before Chris Wood struck twice to put the game beyond the visitors.

The New Zealand international will undoubtedly earn the plaudits for what was a superb striking performance, yet arguably the most impressive player for the hosts was left-back Charlie Taylor.

  InterceptionsDuels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesMins Played
Charlie Taylor 2 5 10 75 30 3 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the Leeds academy product made a number of key contributions both from a defensive perspective and as an attacking force in the final third.

The 22-year-old posted two interceptions, five defensive duels won and 10 ball recoveries in defence, while going forward he made three key passes including an assist which led to Wood’s first goal.

Taylor has on the whole enjoyed a consistent campaign thus far, starting 35 Championship matches and improving with each passing week under the guidance of manager Steve Evans.

Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn previously told Radio Yorkshire that if he were a Premier League manager he would sign Taylor up, and offers from the top flight may be forthcoming this summer.

The victory moves Leeds up to a respectable 12th spot in the Championship table on 54 points.

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