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Leeds United boss needs Charlie Taylor extension

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor and Fulham's Tom Cairney in action

The Leeds United ace is out of contract in the summer.

Garry Monk confirmed on Call Callymore this weekend that he had already spoken to the board about strengthening Leeds United in the January transfer window.

And he should because although Leeds have been brilliant, they could still be a little better, but the young manager also needs to ensure he doesn't lose anyone.

It would seem as if the only one who he might lose is left-back Charlie Taylor.

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor and Fulham's Tom Cairney in action

The 23-year-old is out of contract in May and he will almost certainly attract a bit of Premier League interest the window re-opens next month, with West Ham and Bournemouth among those to have been linked in recent months.

But there is one player at each of those clubs who represent exactly why Taylor would be mad to quit Leeds before he is ready for the step up in class.

Like Taylor, Sam Byram and Lewis Cook came through the ranks at Thorp Arch, and both went on to secure moves to the Premier League.

Byram joined West Ham for £3.7 million last January, while Cook's move to Bournemouth fetched £10 million in the sumer. Yet, they have started four Premier League matches between them this season.

Norwich's Wes Hoolahan in action with Leeds' Kalvin Phillips and Charlie Taylor

Cook has been injured since October but first-team chances in the top flight weren't a regular thing before that, whereas Byram - also injured - was in and out of the Irons' squad for the first couple of months.

Monk needs to convince Taylor to sign a new deal and he does not have to be skilled in the powers of persuasion to achieve this - he need only remind him that his two former team-mates haven't torn the Premier League to shreds since leaving and neither will Taylor for the moment.

Cook and Byram aren't so much cautionary tales as they are young players who will, in all probability, enjoy very decent careers in the top tier eventually, as will Taylor, but for now the best place for him is Leeds United.

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