Most Leeds United fans are braced for the eventuality that Charlie Taylor will leave the Whites at the end of this season after his contract runs out.
It became obvious that York-born Taylor wanted out of Elland Road, this season under somewhat of a cloud after handing in a transfer request after Leeds’ final preseason game against Atalanta at Elland Road, a request dismissed out of hand by the club.
It was painfully clear that Taylor was likely to move on at the end of his current deal, with Leeds CEO Ben Mansford saying of the situation: “I think it’s fair to say at this moment in time that Charlie doesn’t want to extend his current deal with us.”
Now West Brom boss Tony Pulis has admitted that the Baggies are interested in bringing Taylor to the Hawthorns, although they are wary that it won’t be a straightforward affair. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Pulis admits: “He’s one of the players we’re looking at in respect of left-backs but he’s not the only one.”
Before that assertion, West Brom’s ‘interest’ in the 23-year-old left-back was merely hinted at, such as reports coming through from the likes of The Telegraph earlier this week. The Telegraph’s John Percy has said that Baggies boss Tony Pulis wants 23-year-old Taylor this summer, stating in his article: “West Brom are understood to have re-opened talks over a deal.”
That supposition has moved now, developing in to something of a certain interest, with Pulis admitting that West Brom are considering Taylor as one of their options for next season’s Premier League campaign. On the topic of the deal not being straightforward, Pulis says: “The problem with that one is it would go to a tribunal so we’re not exactly sure what the fee would be. So that would be a difficult one but he’s one we have talked about.”
Taylor came to prominence in the Leeds United side after replacing Stephen Warnock as Leeds’ regular left-back after Warnock left Elland Road to join Derby County. Since then the cultured left-back has gone on to make 104 performances for the Whites, scoring three goals and making 13 assists.
Taylor has featured in 29 games for Leeds this season, Garry Monk sticking by his ‘if he’s fit, I’ll pick him’ mantra from the start of the season. His only absences from the first team have been brought about by an Achilles problem and exacerbated by the excellent form of replacement Gaetano Berardi.
Taylor’s last chance to savour being part of the Leeds United side could very well be in tomorrow’s game against already relegated Wigan Athletic away at the DW Stadium. After that, his footballing future is likely to be away from West Yorkshire.