By Tom Blackburn
Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor has backed the club to finish in the top six after they beat Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend.
The defender has been heavily linked with a move away from the Elland Road, with Premier League clubs interested, but he still believes in the potential of his current team.
“Sheffield Wednesday are one of the promotion favourites and we’ve gone and turned them over at their own place,” Taylor, 22, told Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We’ve made a good few signings and there’s no reason why we can’t get up there in the table.
“At the start of the season the gaffer said top six and if you’re not aiming for the top six then there’s no point in going out there every week.”
Leeds manager Garry Monk has welcomed ten new faces at Elland Road, including international stars Pontus Jansson, Rob Green, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Bridcutt.
They started the season poorly with defeats against QPR and Birmingham, but took a point from Fulham before beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 on Saturday.
Taylor’s future at Leeds is in doubt as he has just 12 months remaining on his Elland Road deal and had a transfer request rejected at the start of the month.
In quotes published by the Yorkshire Post on Monday, Taylor delivered a bombshell that he doesn’t know if he will still be with the club he signed for as a boy.
Asked if he expects to be at Leeds after the transfer window deadline passes, Taylor said: “I am not sure. Obviously I am contracted until the end of this season, so if they (Leeds) do not want to sell me, then I am under contract.
“I think once the transfer window is closed, then I will either not be at Leeds or definitely be at Leeds and I think then I can get my head around the fact either way whatever happens.”
Leeds appear determined to hang on to the academy graduate until at least the January window, which is when they sold his former team-mate Sam Byram earlier this year.
The two have the same agent, Colin Pomford. He is known not to get on with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, which has had an impact on both players’ contract talks with the Whites.
The 22-year-old left-back has started all five of Leeds’ games this season, and has firmly established himself as Leeds’ first-choice left-back. He made 42 appearances for the Championship outfit last season, chipping in with seven assists.
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