Whelan asked if Leeds should look at Charlie Taylor
Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United should be looking for someone better when asked if the Whites should consider trying to bring Charlie Taylor back to Elland Road.
The 27-year-old left the Whites four years ago, joining Burnley at the end of his contract. It came after a brilliant spell in the first-team at Elland Road.
Taylor has subsequently admitted that the way he left Leeds was the biggest regret of his career (via Sunday Mirror; 2/2/20; page 70). It was claimed by then-boss Garry Monk that the left-back had refused to play on the final day of the season as his departure loomed.
A lot has changed at Leeds since then. Many of the key figures at the club have moved on and been replaced. And of course, Leeds are now one of the most exciting teams in the country as the end of their first year back in the Premier League looms.
Taylor meanwhile, made his 100th top flight appearance on Saturday as Burnley faced Leeds at Turf Moor. Unfortunately for the defender, Marcelo Bielsa’s men stormed to an emphatic win.
Taylor arguably played extremely well up against Raphinha. And with Leeds surely set to sign a new left-back in the summer, some may wonder whether the academy graduate could be the perfect target.
However, when that notion was put to Whelan, he suggested that Leeds should set their sights higher.
“Would I have him back there? Well, he does get box-to-box. I think once you’ve left, you’ve left,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I think it’s now time to look elsewhere and try and get something better than Charlie Taylor.
“Look, he looks okay going forward, he always digs out a cross, doesn’t he? Strong in one vs ones, but I think the way we play our game now, I think we need something a little bit different.”
The idea of Taylor – who earns £25,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – coming back would surely divide supporters. Many will agree with Whelan that it is wrong to go back to a former player. For some, the way his departure played out remains disappointing.
Others however, may feel that Taylor could be ideal. He was excellent against one of Leeds’s most exciting players. And he could be approaching the peak years of his career.
Victor Orta will have his left-back targets for the summer already in mind. But it will be interesting to see whether Taylor’s name is one that comes up at any stage over the coming months.
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