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Charlie Taylor owes Leeds loyalty after they took a chance on him

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

The Leeds United defender has been linked with a summer exit.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor

As confirmed by the club's official website, Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor handed in a transfer request just days before the start of the new season; something the Whites hierarchy duly rejected.

While Leeds appear to have nipped the speculation in the bud, at least for now, the 22-year-old should take a step back and realise that he owes the club some loyalty.

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

It was not long ago that Taylor was not even a fringe player, spending the 2013/2014 season out on loan at Fleetwood Town; his chances of first-team football at Elland Road looking severely limited.

However, Leeds made the decision to sell Stephen Warnock to Derby County knowing full well that Taylor was waiting in the wings.

They showed faith in the youngster and he duly repaid them with a string of superb performances that quickly marked him out as one of the best full-backs in the division. But the chance Leeds gave Taylor should not be forgotten when you consider if was only 18 months ago.

Swansea City Manager Garry Monk

He may be reluctant to sign a new deal and that is his prerogative. But as the most talented of all Leeds’ recent academy graduates he should know the suitors are not going anywhere, even if he agrees a new contract and commits his future to the Whites.

If he wins promotion with them this season it would be a win-win situation, and if he loses Leeds would be in a far better position to sell him knowing his talent will still tempt multi-million pound bids.

Leeds could have replaced Warnock with an experienced alternative but they did not and Taylor should remember that instead of asking to leave just days before Garry Monk’s first season at the helm.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

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