Garry Monk delivers verdict on Leeds 23-year-old performance v Fulham
By Danny Wright
Garry Monk was happy with the performance of Charlie Taylor during his Leeds comeback against Fulham on Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old had missed the previous 15 games for the club with an Achilles injury which he picked up in mid-December.
However Taylor managed to return for the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The left-back had played in every single minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign before he was taken off against Brentford on December 17.
Monk praised Taylor’s enthusiasm to get himself back to fitness and is glad to have one of his most-used players back in the squad.
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“I thought Charlie did well, considering that he’s been out for quite a while,” said Monk in the Express. “It’s alright doing the training but matches are really something different.
“Like I said, he’s naturally fit, he’s followed the programme that we set him.
“I thought he did very well for his first game for quite a while. The team were excellent tonight, all of them.”
Taylor is a product of the famous Leeds academy and has made 98 appearances in all competitions for the club since making his debut in 2011 against Bradford as a late substitute in a league cup victory.
In 2012, the former England Under-19 international secured a loan move to Valley Parade before spending temporary spells at York, Inverness and Fleetwood.
Leeds now have two back-to-back home league games coming up and, with the help of a fully-fit Taylor, they will be hoping to strengthen their bid to earn promotion to the Premier League.
QPR visit Elland Road before a clash against second-placed Brighton – where Taylor could make his 100th appearance in a Leeds shirt.
In other Leeds news, Michael Bridges has compared one of his former teammates to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.