Burnley’s Charlie Taylor could have been Leeds United’s man had he not turned his back on the club. Now destined for Premier League mediocracy, we take a look back at his decision to move on.
It is a shame that one of the most iconic and staunchly supported clubs in English football, Leeds United, has been reduced to nothing more than a talent factory for Premier League to freely dip their money-soaked hands into.
Over and over has raw talent left Leeds United’s grounds for greener pastures, as they give up on their dream of securing Premier League football in West Yorkshire. It is a sad reality for any club, we are sure, but more so for one that has been so great in the past.
There is finally hope, however, that this most unwanted theme has come to its due end.
Hope in the shape of a bucket riding Argentine, who has stadiums named after him, top managers lauding him, and Leeds United fans worshipping him. Marcelo Bielsa.
Indeed, with Leeds United looking prepped for their first promotion to the top flight in 15 years, it could well mean the closure of their ‘factory’.
But for some fans this was not quick enough; those who watched homegrown talent Charlie Taylor leave for free.
In 2017 the former England youth international turned down the opportunity to stay at Elland Road, opting to join Premier League side Burnley instead (BBC Sport). A smaller club, but one in the Premier League nonetheless.
The reality of his big move likely did not match the lofty hopes of his boyhood dreams. The former Leeds man enjoyed very little time on the pitch with Sean Dyce preferring the services of Irishman Stephen Ward.
Things hardly improved for the player either. According to the Telegraph, Interest in former Bristol City man Joe Bryan all but signalled the end for Taylors short and miserable career in the Premier League.
Surely this was a point of reflection for Taylor, a real do or die moment, because soon after he revived his career in the most emphatic of ways.
He is now one of Burnley’s most reliable players, which hardly means much given their recent form, and has started every top-flight game so far this season.
He does not stand out as one of the best full-backs in the league, not by a long way, but credit where credit is due: he fightback has been admirable.
Leeds United fans, was Charlie Taylor one of your most hurtful losses? Let us know in the comment section below…