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Noel Whelan explains his fears about starting Charlie Taylor for Leeds United

Charlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds

The left-back recently handed in a transfer request at Elland Road.

Charlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeedsCharlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds

Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor is expected to start today, as Garry Monk’s side take on QPR in their opening game of the Championship season.

This is despite the fact he handed in a transfer request to the club last week, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Taylor is believed to have plenty of Premier League sides interested in his services and Leeds fans are desperate for him to stay.

But former Leeds player and BBC pundit Noel Whelan has expressed some concern over playing the wantaway defender.

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

Talking on the BBC Radio Leeds season preview he had this to say:

"I worry about the way they think about things.

"He's got one year left on his contract. Is he going to be thinking 'if I get injured here I'm not going to get another club, I'm not going to sign for Leeds United, I'm not going to get the move I want'?

"You've got to put everything in perspective.

"His commitment will be there, his professionalism will be there, but at the same level that we expect? I'm just not so sure."

There is without doubt a fear that Taylor’s focus may be elsewhere ahead of the game. Monk however will be hoping that this is not an issue for the professional defender.

As well as fearing injury, he will also be wanting to catch the eye of Premier League sides if this is where he sees himself transferring.

Leeds fans will have to hope they get the same quality Charlie Taylor and that he remains until after September.

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