By Tom Blackburn
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to express their views on the escalating war between owner Massimo Cellino and contract rebel Charlie Taylor.
Football Insider reported on Friday that Cellino has claimed Taylor and his agent are avoiding contract discussions, while Taylor’s party are remaining silent about the whole affair.
Taylor is one of three academy products, alongside Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, who have just 12 months left on their contracts and the Italian owner is hoping all three will sign new deals this summer.
The left-back has a growing reputation after winning the club’s player-of-the-year award at the end of the 2015-16 season.
His wage at Elland Road is understood to have increased towards the end of that campaign owing to an appearance-related clause in his contract but Cellino has strongly suggested it will be difficult to agree an extension.
Several Premier League clubs are said to be targeting in Taylor, with Football Insider reporting the interest of Crystal Palace, West Brom and Stoke,, on Wednesday.
Taking to Twitter, the bumper fan base had mixed views – some are unhappy with Taylor’s agent, many are unhappy with Cellino and a small minority backed Leeds to replace their stars with more academy products. Here are some of the Twitter messages:
if taylor wants to go to prem that's understandable and fair play to him if however he is being forced out then that isn't #lufc
— topman65 (@baldyman1965) June 17, 2016
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) June 17, 2016
The Sam Byram incident will set the benchmark at lufc. Make no wonder there's concern over Taylor
— Phill (@WAFLL_92) June 17, 2016
Seen comments blaming MC, blame him if he gets to offer a deal, its derisory and refused but not if Taylor doesn't get to see an offer #lufc
— CellinoIn (@CellinoIn) June 17, 2016
— @Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) June 17, 2016
If cook leaves then we need Ronaldo vieira to get a chance, if Taylor leaves we need Denton to step up, we have an unreal academy #lufc
— Ryan Pinnick (@RyanPinnicklufc) June 17, 2016
Cellino going down the same excuses for Taylor it's not my fault it's his agent even tho he should of had a bigger contract anyway #lufc
— jamie (@jamiepartridge3) June 16, 2016
In other Leeds news, they are in pole position to land a Premier League midfielder.