Radrizzani must make Leeds academy product offer he can't refuse
COMMENT By Will Butcher
New Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani must open his cheque book in order to secure the long-term future of star player Charlie Taylor.
Italian sports mogul Radrizzani has been in advanced talks with Massimo Cellino about purchasing 50 per cent of the club, which was eventually confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Taylor, 23, has just six months remaining on his Leeds deal, after rejecting contract talks earlier in the season after seeing a transfer request formally rejected.
With a new air of optimism both on and off the pitch at Elland Road, Taylor could be tempted to sign a new deal and Radrizzani must do whatever it takes to tie Taylor down.
It would be a real statement of intent about the new era of Leeds and their push for the Premier League if Radrizzani could convince Taylor to stay and should make working on a contract the player can’t refuse a priority.
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Leeds are currently in fifth in the Championship table after winning four of their last five Championship fixtures, against the likes of Reading, Brentford and Preston.
Combine that with Radrizzani’s takeover and Taylor could now be tempted to revert his decision on rejecting contract talks despite plenty of Premier League interest in the left-back.
Last season’s Player of the Year has been in magnificent form this season, starring on the left flank for the Yorkshire giants as manager Monk orchestrates his side’s promotion pursuit.
Providing three assists this season from left-back during his 22 Championship appearances, Taylor has formed a formidable partnership with defenders Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Luke Ayling at the back.
However, the former Fleetwood loanee has been sidelined in recent matches after suffering an achilles problem and is set to miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Cambridge United.
Currently replaced by one-time Switzlerand international Gaetano Berardi, Taylor is expected to return against Steve McClaren’s Derby on January 13.