Steve Evans hails Leeds star, says club are blessed to have him

The Whites boss has praised "outstanding" Charlie Taylor and says his weekend performance was the best left-sided display he has seen at Elland Road.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has pile further praise on double award-winner Charlie Taylor and says the club are "blessed" to have a player of his attitude and quality, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Taylor has enjoyed the finest season of his career to date this term, and was recognised for his superb form by being named the club's Player of the Year by Whites fans and the Post.

The 22-year-old, who has made 42 appearances in all competitions and has been a regular at either left-back or on the left side of midfield, admitted his delight at being honoured earlier this week.

Evans, who appears to have brought out the best in the young star after his appointment as Neil Redfearn's replacement, says Taylor has been "outstanding" throughout the campaign and insists that the club are lucky to have him at Elland Road.

Evans said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post: "He is a top player and a top lad and he’s getting better. It took him a little while to come back from what was an eight- or nine-week illness and it really floored the boy. But after about three or four days training, he went straight back into the team and he’s been outstanding.

"He’s an outstanding talent that this football club is blessed to have and we are blessed to work with him.

"The second half against Charlton on Saturday, Charlie played in such a way in that it was probably the best left-sided performance I have seen at Elland Road. I have not seen lots of games when I have not been head coach, but that’s as good as it can get."

Despite playing the vast majority of the season at left-back, Taylor has contributed a goal and four assists to Leeds' cause in the Championship this season as well as acting as one of the club's top defensive performers.

He will be hoping to make his 39th league appearance of the season in the final-day clash with Preston North End tomorrow.

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