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Charlie Taylor is the one Leeds player Garry Monk cannot afford to lose

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk must do everything in his power to keep the left-back at the club.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Maxime Colin

According to a recent report from Team Talk, Stoke City and Liverpool are both interested in signing Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor this summer.

But the simple fact is, of all the players Garry Monk inherited when he took charge at Elland Road earlier this month, Taylor is one of an elite group that he must do everything in his power to keep.

It could even be argued that Taylor is the most talented of Leeds’ current crop, with only Lewis Cook potentially outdoing him in that regard.

Charlie Taylor celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Leeds

From the moment Taylor was first given the chance in Leeds’ senior side he has proved emphatically that he is a supremely talented footballer and one with a very bright future.

With 43 appearances last season, the 22-year-old is now undeniably Leeds’ first-choice left-back and Monk will know he is currently in possession of arguably the best player in his position in the Championship.

Selling him is simply not an option if Leeds want to not only earn promotion back to the top flight but also build a side capable of staying there for the long term.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Of course Premier League clubs will be sniffing around Leeds’ best players, but Monk’s challenge is to ignore them while convincing his stars that their dreams can be achieved at Elland Road.

The first way to do that is to earn promotion next season, and for that reason the next 12 months will determine both Monk’s and Taylor’s long-term futures.

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)

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