Did Steve Evans predict Burnley's interest in Leeds United man three months ago?

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

The former Elland Road boss had this to say about Burnley and Charlie Taylor in April.

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

Burnley, Middlesbrough and Newcastle are the latest clubs to be linked with moves for Leeds United's Charlie Taylor, the Guardian reported on Thursday.

Given the level of interest in the young left-back, such reports are no longer a surprise. But should we have seen the Clarets link coming?

Taylor, though impressive throughout the 2015-16 campaign, was in particularly fine form during Leeds' narrow 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor in April.

Afterwards, Steve Evans, the Whites' head coach at the time, explained how the 22-year-old's efforts had not gone unnoticed on the Burnley bench.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche before the match

"It’s really interesting that most. if not all the people I was talking to at Burnley were raving about Charlie Taylor afterwards," Evans told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

"We thought he got forward with a real purpose, his quality of his delivery on Saturday was back to where Charlie Taylor is at his best and the one he puts onto Chris Wood’s head is all bar a goal. The quality of the cross is stunning."

While a lot of things Evans said were perhaps best taken with a pinch of salt, the Scottish boss was seemingly right on the money with this one.

Leeds' manager Steve Evans

Taylor recently entered the final year of his contract, though Leeds are in no rush to sell knowing his age prevents him from leaving for nothing next summer.

Whites owner Massimo Cellino last night stressed that Taylor will not be allowed to leave before the end of his deal (Mirror), however, the Italian is also renowned for saying anything but his prayers.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

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