Leeds United have a habit of producing young talent through their Thorp Arch Academy who go on to the first team, then progress to bigger things.
Players like Jonny Howson, James Milner and Fabian Delph have trodden this well-worn path, as have more recent graduates like Sam Byram and Lewis Cook – now playing for West Ham and Bournemouth respectively.
It is also a path that their former graduating sidekick and fellow Leeds United trainee Charlie Taylor is likely to tread next season, though may be not as willingly nor with Leeds fans’ universal acclaim.
Taylor blotted his copybook at Elland Road with his refusal to turn out in Leeds’ final match of the season against Wigan Athletic, a game that would have likely been his swan song appearance before a big-money Premier League move to West Brom.
His refusal to play drew a two-week wages fine from the club and has been widely criticised by Leeds United fans across all forms of social media. The 23-year-old York-born native’s 104 games, three goals and 13 assists mean very little now in the face of what many see as a betrayal of the club that gave him his footing and chance in the professional game.
However, according to news from Turkish media outlet Fotospor, this betrayal and refusal to put side before self could very well take another, much darker turn.
Fotospor say in a snippet from a bigger article that Taylor is one of two names being considered by Galatasaray to fill their left-back spot. The article mentions that the Turkish side are looking as SV Hamburg’s Mattias Ostrzolek but adds “Galatasaray is the other candidate for the left-hander [sic], Charlie Taylor, Leeds United’s 23-year-old.”
Leeds United fans look upon Galatasary with a very real sense of hatred after events in Istanbul before the 2000 UEFA Cup Semi-Final. Before this game, violence from Turkish supporters of Galatasaray resulted in the stabbings of two innocent Leeds United fans Kevin Speight and Christopher Lofthouse, both of whom tragically died.
Should there be any shred of truth to these rumours, the betrayal of Leeds United by Charlie Taylor will pale into insignificance should the 23-year-old sign for Galatasaray.