Leeds fans urge Monk to solve huge selection dilemma by starting 23-year-old v Reading
By Alex Stevens
Charlie Taylor delivered an outstanding display in Leeds’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday – and fans on Twitter urged Garry Monk to keep him in the team.
Monk is facing a major selection dilemma ahead of the Yorkshire giants’ Championship trip to fellow promotion chasers Reading next Saturday.
Left-back Taylor, right-back Luke Ayling and the versatile Gaetano Berardi are competing for the two full-back positions against Jaap Stam’s side.
With mainstay Ayling suspended against Brighton, Taylor and Berardi were both impressive in what Monk called a magnificent all-round team display against the second-placed team in the league.
Should all three be available against fifth-placed Reading, Monk will have to make a huge call on who to omit from the starting XI.
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Ayling and Leeds’ 2015-16 player of the year Taylor were mainstays of the back line until the academy product suffered an achilles injury in December that sidelined him for nearly three months.
Berardi then deputised superbly and, even when Taylor was fully fit, was chosen at left-back for the goalless draw against QPR eight days ago.
But the 23-year-old Englishman is a natural left-back as he chosen with his brilliant run and cross to set up the opener for Chris Wood against Brighton.
Leeds fans took to Twitter to urge Monk to keep Taylor in the team following his display on Saturday.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
That’s why Charlie Taylor has to play #lufc
— The Nfster (@TheNfster) March 18, 2017
— corbywhite (@gandalflufc) March 18, 2017
Wish Charlie Taylor would sign a contract over any other player gives us so much on the left great win flying at the min #lufc
— Mark McKenna (@markohmc) March 18, 2017
— Mike Whorley (@mikewhorley) March 18, 2017
Berrardi has been brilliant but Charlie Taylor’s role in our first goal shows why he and Luke Ayling will start once all available #lufc
— Tom Huffinley (@TomHuffinley) March 18, 2017
Excellent three points tonight Taylor must keep his place at left back #lufc
— nigel stanley (@nigelLUFC) March 18, 2017
Leeds’ win over Brighton kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion, although they remain eight points adrift of the second-placed side with eight matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Leeds team news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.