By Editor Wayne Veysey
Little wonder Charlie Taylor wants to quit Leeds.
The Elland Road faithful may have lost some of their adoration for the academy product as he winds down the contract that expires at the end of the season.
A failed transfer request, some no-holds-barred Massimo Cellino comments and a series of performances that were not quite as super-smooth as during his player-of-the-year winning 2015-16 campaign have all been contributory factors.
For the 23-year-old’s Leeds salary is said to be £2,500-a-week, which is roughly the wage of a good League Two player or a scholar at the academy of a Premier League club.
Not that of a mainstay of a team gunning for promotion to the Premier League with 98 Leeds appearances under his belt as well as 42 for League One outfit Fleetwood.
It also places Taylor at the bottom of the pay scale of the Leeds first-team squad, with the likes of Ross Turnbull, Hadi Sacko, Matt Grimes, Marco Silvestri and Marcus Antonsson earning way in excess of the left-back, not to mention over a dozen first-team regulars.
Just to twist the knife further, the top earner at Leeds is reportedly Modou Barrow, the on-loan Swansea winger raking in £20,000-a-week while at Elland Road.
Supporters are likely to be unimpressed that the Yorkshire giants, who have a budget that is dwarfed by many of their Championship rivals, are paying top dollar to someone who can’t even get in the squad.
Barrow was omitted from the matchday 18 for Leeds’ goalless draw against QPR on Saturday even though he was available for selection.
Taylor, who has recently returned to action after two-and-a-half months out with an achilles injury, can expect a massive pay rise should he accept one of the offers that are likely to come his way from Premier League clubs in the summer.
Three of them were said to be willing to pay £7million to prise him from Elland Road during the January window.
Who can blame Taylor for sitting tight and waiting for market forces to take effect?
In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.