Why Leeds United's League Cup draw will hold a special significance for Charlie Taylor

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

Taylor and his Whites teammates will travel to Fleetwood Town in early August.

Brentford's Akaki Gogia in action with Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

On the same day as the release of next season's Championship fixtures, the first round ties of the 2016-17 League Cup were also decided, with Leeds United being handed a trip to Fleetwood Town.

That clash with the League One side, sandwiched between the Whites' opening day trip to QPR and their first home match of the season against Birmingham City in early August, is unlikely to hold a huge amount of excitement for most Leeds supporters.

However, within the ranks of the team there is one star at least who will be relishing the prospect of featuring at Highbury Stadium in the opening week of the season.

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

Charlie Taylor has blossomed into a bona fide star at Elland Road over the last couple of years since making his breakthrough into the first-team set-up two years ago.

The left-sided star was an integral part of the Whites side last season, making 43 appearances in all competitions, and is now regarded as indispensable by supporters and club officials alike, with former manager Steve Evans alleging earlier this year that the club are "blessed" to have the 22-year-old.

Leeds' Player of the Year has certainly begun to realise his potential, but the trip to Fleetwood will hold memories of a different time for the left-back.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in action with Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga

Taylor had just two Championship appearances to his name and three brief but largely unsuccessful loan stints to his name when he joined the Fishermen just weeks after his 20th birthday in October 2013, but his spell in Lancashire would prove the making of him.

Initially signed for just a month, Taylor impressed so much at the then-League Two club that he ended up staying for a whole season, helping them to promotion via the play-offs and earning rave reviews for his mature and exciting performances the like of which Leeds fans have since come to expect.

That form caught the attention of Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, and prior to playing his last game for Fleetwood in the play-off final defeat he was awarded a new three-year deal at Elland Road.

Upon his return to Yorkshire he was utilised more heavily, and after forcing his way into the side on a regular basis halfway through the 2014-15 campaign, he has never looked back.

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

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