Burnley's Charlie Taylor is finally justifying Leeds United exit

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road during the Pre Season Friendly match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 1, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Questions were asked when Charlie Taylor struggled during his debut Premier League season - did he make the right call leaving Leeds United?

Charlie Taylor of Leeds United during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Peterborough United and Leeds United at London Road Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Peterborough, England.

It seems a long time now since Leeds United fans were questioning the logic of Charlie Taylor swapping Elland Road for Burnley.

A York-born left-back who rose through the ranks at Elland Road to establish himself as a key first-team player, Taylor made the controversial decision to let his contract run down before making the trip across the Pennines in the summer of 2017.

Burnley paid £5 million in compensation, as reported by The Mail. And the Leeds fans who questioned Taylor’s conduct would have felt rather vindicated when he started just 10 Premier League games in a disappointing debut season at Turf Moor.

 

You have to give the 25-year-old credit, however, for bouncing back, digging deep and proving himself in claret and blue.

Though admittedly benefiting from an injury to the veteran Stephen Ward, no one is questioning Taylor’s Premier League credentials these days. He has started each of Burnley’s last 26 league games and continues to go from strength to strength, belatedly establishing himself as one of the divisions’ leading left-backs.

Charlie Taylor of Burnley FC runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on March 02, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

He was superb in the 2-1 win against Tottenham and has been arguably Burnley’s best player since the turn of the year. £5 million suddenly looks a bargain.

It has taken some time but, for the first time, Taylor’s decision to leave Leeds for Turf Moor is looking like the right one.

"I’m loving playing every minute in the Premier League," Taylor told the Lancashire Telegraph this week. "I want to keep on improving. I feel good and I feel fit. It’s the toughest league in the world, so I’m glad to be a part of it."

Jack Cork of Burnley turns to celebrate with team mate Charlie Taylor after scoring during the UEFA Europa League third round qualifier  second leg between Burnley and Istanbul Basaksehir...

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