The Leeds United defender showed his quality in the vital win against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Prior to his injury, Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor was hailed as one of the few players they simply could not do without; a left-back of outstanding quality whose contract situation sent fear through the hearts of the Elland Road faithful.
However, the form of Gaetano Berardi in Taylor’s prolonged absence suggested the Whites would be fine if, as expected, Taylor left Leeds at the end of the season, following in the footsteps of Sam Byram and Lewis Cook but hoping for a much better outcome.
Berardi may be a right-back by trade yet he excelled on the left, and when Taylor did return, there was a suggestion – albeit from the minority – that it would actually weakened Garry Monk’s back-line.
Not on the latest evidence, with Taylor putting in arguably his best performance of the season in the 2-0 victory against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
His attacking output was clear, showing what Leeds have missed in his absence, and based on the last game it is Luke Ayling who may now struggle to get back into Monk’s starting XI as each match takes on added significance in the race for promotion.
Only time will tell if Taylor signs a new contract at Leeds, but his reaction to Chris Wood’s opening goal spoke volumes and maybe his future is not as clear cut as first thought.