Newcastle United have been linked with Leeds United left-back/left winger Charlie Taylor for a few months now, but there seems little chance that Rafa Benitez will be successful in trying to get him to Newcastle this summer.
That’s if Leeds United’s new manager Garry Monk has anything to do with it – as Garry sees Taylor as a key player as the former Swansea manager tries to build a strong side at Leeds United to get them back into the Premier league – where the famous Yorkshire club belongs.
Leeds United left back Charlie Taylor
Garry Monk was asked in the Yorkshire Evening Post if he expects Taylor to stay at Elland Road this season:
“For sure, 100%. He has to be here.” “Charlie’s been great, he’s been fantastic in training and he’s very focused on what we’re doing. That’s not a problem.”
“There’s no worries about it from my side and it’s business as usual. Charlie’s a big important part of what I’m doing.”
Charlie was the Leeds United Player of the Season last term and he had a great season in making 43 total appearances and it’s hardly surprising a number of clubs have been interested in the player this summer, especially since his contract only has one year to run.
Clubs credited with an interest in Charlie include Newcastle, West Brom, Burnley and Middlesbrough.
The York-born 22 year-old has been at Leeds since 2010 when he was 16 years old and he made his first team debut for the club at 17 years of age as a second half substitute against local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup in August 2011.
He has since played 72 times for the Leeds first team with 3 goals and has had another 59 first team games on loan at Bradford City, York City, Inverness CT and Fleetwood Town, where he played 42 times on a season long loan in the 2013-2014 season.
Rafa may want to bring in a left back this summer to challenge Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara for the starting position, but it’s unlikely to be Charlie Taylor.