Leeds United's extension for Tyler Denton could be a vital piece of business

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

Tyler Denton's contract extension at Leeds United could be vital.

Leeds United announced yesterday via the club website they have extended Tyler Denton's contract by another 12 months.

Denton is yet to make an appearance for the first team and the extension will not be anywhere near the most exciting piece of business Leeds do this summer, but it could be an important one.

The 20-year-old made 32 appearances for Leeds' under-21 side last season,and if previous indications of young players from their academy are anything to go by, Denton has a good shot of coping and even excelling if given an opportunity.

Leeds might well need him to be ready, with uncertainty over the future of last season's Player of the Year, Charlie Taylor.

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

Taylor is wanted by Premier League clubs and has only one year left on his contract. Last season club owner Massimo Cellino sold Sam Byram in similar circumstances midway through the campaign.

The Mail reported last month that Cellino is not hopeful of securing an extension for Taylor, which could lead to him cashing in.

If Taylor were to move on, or simply get injured, Leeds do not have many options at left-back.

Burnley's Andre Gray and Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in actionBurnley's Andre Gray and Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action

Previously they have switched Gaetano Berardi to play in the position, but this would leave only Lewie Coyle as an option at right-back.

Denton's presence will give new head coach Garry Monk more options, potentially following Taylor's route to success if he can break into the team. He would save Leeds having to buy a replacement, able to make an instant step up.

The only question about Denton's deal is the short 12 month extension he was handed, meaning a scenario where he and Taylor could both potentially walk away next summer.

Yet on the club's part they are eager to see more from Denton before offering a longer term contract, and there may be an opportunity later this season for him to show he deserves one.

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