Noel Whelan delivers verdict on Charlie Taylor comeback display for Leeds
By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has hailed a “fantastic” display by Charlie Taylor in his comeback for Leeds against Fulham in their 1-1 Championship draw on Tuesday night.
The left-back made his return to the team after being sidelined since sustaining an achilles injury against Brentford on 17 December.
Taylor had not even made the matchday squad since that pre-Christmas fixture but was slotted straight back into the starting XI at Craven Cottage.
Luke Ayling’s run of 34 consecutive league starts came to an end as he attended the birth of his baby daughter, which prompted Garry Monk to shift Gaetano Berardi across to his favourite right-back position and bring Taylor in on the left side of defence.
Ex-Elland Road striker Whelan was hugely impressed by the performances of both the full-backs.
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“Charlie Taylor didn’t look like he’d been away and was fantastic in his defending, and how he started play off,” saidWhelan to BBC Radio Leeds in the immediate aftermath of the match, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Tuesday, 10.00pm).
“He drove through in the final third and has a great left foot – it’s just disappointing Leeds couldn’t capitalise on it. But Berardi was my man of the match.”
Leeds took an early lead against Fulham through a Tim Ream own goal but a last-ditch Tom Cairney equaliser denied the visitors all three points.
It means Leeds remain fourth in the table although they have slipped nine points behind Brighton in the second automatic promotion place.
Monk’s team are next in action on Saturday when they host 14th-placed QPR in the Championship at Elland Road.
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.