104 games in total, 93 in the Sky Bet Championship, three goals and 13 assists and it has come down to this – Charlie Taylor refused to play today vs Wigan.

Leeds United is all that Charlie Taylor has known as a football, the York-born 23-year-old coming up through the Academy system at Elland Road. When he wasn’t named in the match day 18, already Leeds United fans began to fear that he would not be seen in a Leeds United shirt again. That could very well prove to be the case, what with the youngster refusing to play in today’s game.

Before the season began, Taylor handed in a transfer request after the final pre-season game against Serie A side Atalanta, a request that the club dismissed out of hand. His campaign this season has been blighted by an Achilles injury and the improving form of Gaetano Berardi who stepped across from his usual right-back position to provide more than adequate cover on the left.

There have been Premier League clubs interested in Charlie Taylor all season long, such is his skill-set and potential. It is already known, via the mouth of Tony Pulis himself, that West Brom are interested in Taylor, seeing him as a possible answer to their problems at the left side of defence.

Pulis admitted that the Baggies are interested in bringing Taylor to the Hawthorns, although he said that they remain 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.”

But the affair seems over, insomuch as there is no coming back from this for Charlie Taylor. Refusing to play is like crossing football’s version of the Rubicon, there can be little excuse given. Garry Monk said at the start of the season that, as long as he remained fit then he would be selected on merit, and Monk stuck to that mantra.

Until his Achilles injury, Monk selected Taylor and only didn’t replace him in the side due to the growing improvement of Gaetano Berardi. There were even occasions when Taylor was preferred over Berardi, with Monk picking the strongest side that he saw had a chance of winning particular games.

At the end of it all, in broad daylight, Charlie Taylor must have a new side willing to come in for him and take him away from Elland Road. The fans have largely been on his side over the course of this season, but that tide will change quite rapidly – as can be seen by the reactions on Twitter.

Charlie Taylor “refuses” to play for Leeds United – reactions on Twitter

First up, words from Garry Monk, in his after match presser, explaining the situation.

Leeds fans themselves are less diplomatic about Taylor’s refusal to play today. The following fan hits the nail right on the head, saying what a lot of fans are thinking.

The sense of anger and betrayal that Leeds fans feel is becoming more open and obvious in regard to Taylor’s decision.

There’s a simplicity in the word of this Leeds United fan, it’s what most are thinking anyway.

There is wide-ranging anger at the way that Charlie Taylor has comported himself today, not a nice way to end his time at Elland Road.

The ‘respect’ word keeps coming up across Twitter when fans try to get to grips with what Taylor has done.

Loyalty is another term that fans of the Whites are using, more than hinting at ‘side before self’ that has come to shape how Leeds fans view attachment to the club.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of the whole sorry affair is what this fan is talking about…

…with this being how fans will largely see him from now on.


There’s really no two ways about it. Charlie Taylor, in turning his back on Leeds United, has also turned his back on the fans that supported him, fans that championed him and it is these fans that are now ultimately judging him.

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