'Taking a step down' - Leeds fans react to speculation Taylor in talks to join PL club
By Harry Sykes
Charlie Taylor is reportedly in talks to join West Brom – and Leeds United supporters on Twitter have reacted with an air of resignation.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday night that Hawthorns manager Tony Pulis has made a fresh move to sign Taylor when his Elland Road contract expires at the end of the season.
It is said that the Premier League club are in talks with the left-back’s representatives and are confident of sealing a deal.
Leeds fans are not surprised by the speculation given that he had a transfer request rejected by the Championship outfit last August is free to sign for a new club from 1 July.
Some stated that the 23-year-old will be sorely missed next season, while one stated that moving to West Brom would be “taking a step down” despite their top-flight status.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
#lufc can we have a # sign Charlie Taylor as we are going to lose the best English LB.
— Greg Reilly (@GregJReilly09) May 5, 2017
Taylor will be off in the summer may as well keep Berardi at LB next season #lufc
— Armo???????? (@Jordan_Armo) May 5, 2017
— mikeymobile (@mikeblesic) May 5, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) May 4, 2017
Not even thought about what LB we’ll be after once Taylor leaves. #lufc
— Thomas Bradley (@TBradley23) May 4, 2017
Imagine Taylor at West Brom. Might be in the Premier League, but it would be like taking a step down. Christ. #lufc
— Max (@Max_LUFC) May 4, 2017
West Brom have made their move after Leeds’ play-off hopes ended last weekend, with a 3-3 draw against Norwich ensuring that they cannot finish above seventh.
Although Taylor’s contract is about to expire, any transfer will go to a tribunal as he is under the age of 24 and Leeds will be entitled to a considerable compensation fee as he is a product of their prolific academy.
In total, the 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has made 104 first-team appearances for the club in addition to loan spells at Fleetwood, Inverness, York and Bradford.
He has started 26 of the Yorkshire club’s 45 Championship matches this season in which he missed nearly three months with an achilles problem.
However, Taylor has had to fight with Gaetano Berardi for the left-back slot since returning from injury at the start of March.
Taylor was an unused substitute against Norwich last weekend as Berardi was given the nod to start.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.