By Coral Barry
Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford confirmed on Tuesday that defender Charlie Taylor is refusing to sign a new contract with the club – and the Whites faithful couldn’t decide whether they hated him or backed him.
Taylor is in the final 12 months of his current contract and has told Leeds he will not be signing an extension.
The defender’s stance could force Leeds to cash in on the 22-year-old this summer rather than risk losing him on the cheap or peven on a free next year.
Whatever the outcome, Leeds supporters were divided over the news.
If I was Charlie Taylor, I wouldn't re-sign either. Sold RM44, Byram and Cook and never replaced. Cellino has shown zero intent or ambition
— Merda Via Massimo (@NorthernMisery) July 26, 2016
Before today did anyone actually seriously think that Charlie Taylor was staying at #lufc?
— Ben Coupland (@bencoupland) July 26, 2016
I'm sure many will disagree, but I can't help but think Charlie Taylor owes #lufc a bit more than this.
— White Answers (@whiteanswers) July 26, 2016
Tbh, can't blame Charlie Taylor if he doesn't wanna sign
— Matt Ski (@dzialowskimatt) July 26, 2016
— Matt (@Matt69723367) July 26, 2016
Don't blame him. Unfortunately we are stuck with LUFC, Charlie Taylor can do so much better. https://t.co/oSaL7cKwdf
— LT (@THORNO_) July 26, 2016
If you side with Cellino over Charlie Taylor then you need to find the nearest pier and throw yourself off. #lufc
— Jack (@EllandReports) July 26, 2016
You can hardly blame Charlie Taylor who's seen his two best mates, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram, both leave for the Prem this year so far. #lufc
— Jake Beales-Hobson (@JakeBealoJourno) July 26, 2016
— Lincolnshire Whites (@LincolnWhites) July 26, 2016
Taylor has been tipped to follow recently departed and former academy team-mate Lewis Cook to the Premier League.
Cook joined Bournemouth in a £10million deal earlier in the summer and Taylor is now being mooted as the next rising star to be sold off.
However, if Leeds are prepared to run the risk of holding onto him, they might end up with having to watch him walk out of the club next summer on a free.
One Whites fan was all too aware the two parties stonewalling each other could lead to disaster for Leeds.
Can't wait for us to sell Charlie Taylor for 20 quid and a Kit-Kat.
— alex (@alexlicense) July 26, 2016