Garry Monk has insisted that the defender will not be leaving the Championship side this summer, but is it worth lining up a potential replacement?
Leeds manager Garry Monk
While Garry Monk recently told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Charlie Taylor would not be leaving Leeds United this summer, several factors suggest that he should start preparing in case the defender has left the club by the time the transfer window closes.
Taylor has just one year left on his contract at Elland Road and has a handful of Premier League clubs after his signature, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. And after watching Lewis Cook depart for Bournemouth recently, Monk must be ready for the left-back to follow him to the top flight or it could prove costly to the Whites' hopes of doing well in the Championship this term.
As the deadline gets closer, Monk may want to consider bringing a replacement in on loan as it would provide a short-term solution to the void that Taylor would leave behind. And if the 22-year-old ends up staying beyond the summer, Monk will be relieved that he has not invested in signing someone else permanently, as they would probably be below Taylor in the pecking order anyway.
For that reason, the United boss may want to consider looking to bring Everton's Luke Garbutt back to the club seven years after he departed for the Toffees.
Everton's Luke Garbutt
The 23-year-old - who spent eight years with Leeds - has only made a handful of appearances for the Merseyside outfit, but is clearly highly thought of at Goodison Park having been handed a five-year deal just last summer (via Liverpool Echo).
Given the length of time left to run on his contract, it seems unlikely that Everton would even think about accepting a permanent deal, but they may be open-minded about letting him leave on loan.
Garbutt spent last season in the second tier on loan with Fulham, and with the likes of Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo and Brendan Galloway all vying for the left-back spot in Ronald Koeman's side, Everton may be open to the idea of letting him move elsewhere to get another year of first-team football under his belt.
Garbutt during his loan spell with Fulham
The former England under-21 international's greatest strength is what he offers going forward. His set-piece and crossing ability is arguably strong enough for a team in the top flight, and Monk may be able to help him develop the defensive side of his game.
If Taylor does leave Leeds in the very near future, Monk may have the time to study potential replacements meticulously, and may deem that Garbutt is not the right player at the moment.
But the longer the question mark over Taylor's future lingers, the better the prospect of signing someone on loan will seem as it prepares the club for every eventuality.
If Taylor leaves, Garbutt will be able to do a decent job while Monk looks at permanent replacements, and if Taylor stays, the Everton man will provide some much-needed depth to that position while not expecting to be first-choice.