By Wayne Veysey

6th May, 2017 | 3:04pm

Monk admits sympathy for Leeds first team regular: He has had a difficult season

By Harry Sykes

Garry Monk has praised Charlie Taylor in the Yorkshire Evening Post for how he has knuckled down to deal with the intense speculation surrounding his future this season.

The left-back’s situation has been under the microscope since he had a transfer request rejected last August on the eve of the season.

Taylor is out of contract at the end of this campaign and the likelihood is that he will quit boyhood club Leeds for one of the Premier League clubs interested in acquiring his services.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis admitted on Friday that he is sign the 23-year-old in the forthcoming transfer window after the Telegraph reported on Thursday night that the Midlands outfit are already in talks with Taylor’s representatives.

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.

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Monk has offered little hope of Taylor remaining at Elland Road beyond June as he gave some insight into the challenges faced by the defender this season.

“I think it’s always a difficult situation for a player in these circumstances, especially nowadays with being out of contract, having a lot of speculation about yourself and it being a constant throughout a whole season,” Monk said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It can be difficult for a player and I think at the start maybe it was a little bit more difficult.

“It is something new in his life, he’s a young player, a young man and he’s not massively experienced in these types of situations so I sat with him at the start of the season and explained the situation from the club’s point of view and obviously from my point of view and then got an understanding of his point of view.

“But Charlie has been as committed as all of them. He had an injury that kept him out and it’s been a difficult season I would say for Charlie but it is what it is and he has helped contribute to the team.

“He’s trained well, his attitude has been good and he’s a popular lad amongst the players and we will see at the end of the season.

The 2015-16 Leeds player of the year has started 26 of the Yorkshire club’s 45 Championship matches this season in which he missed nearly three months with an achilles problem.

Leeds fans are not surprised by the speculation given that Taylor had a transfer request rejected by the Championship outfit last August.

In other Leeds United news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.

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